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January 02, 2007, As Reported by the Agriculture Committee

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109th Congress                                                   Report
                        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
 2d Session                                                     109-746

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                                                 Union Calendar No. 448

                          REPORT ON ACTIVITIES

                       DURING THE 109TH CONGRESS

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                              R E P O R T

                                 OF THE

                        COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE

                     U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES


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                        COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE

                   BOB GOODLATTE, Virginia, Chairman

RICHARD W. POMBO, California,        COLLIN C. PETERSON, Minnesota,
    Vice Chairman                        Ranking Minority Member
TERRY EVERETT, Alabama               TIM HOLDEN, Pennsylvania
FRANK D. LUCAS, Oklahoma             MIKE McINTYRE, North Carolina
JERRY MORAN, Kansas                  BOB ETHERIDGE, North Carolina
WILLIAM L. JENKINS, Tennessee        JOE BACA, California
GIL GUTKNECHT, Minnesota             ED CASE, Hawaii
ROBIN HAYES, North Carolina          DENNIS A. CARDOZA, California
TIMOTHY V. JOHNSON, Illinois         DAVID SCOTT, Georgia
TOM OSBORNE, Nebraska                JIM MARSHALL, Georgia
MIKE PENCE, Indiana                  STEPHANIE HERSETH, South Dakota
SAM GRAVES, Missouri                 G.K. BUTTERFIELD, North Carolina
JO BONNER, Alabama                   HENRY CUELLAR, Texas
MIKE ROGERS, Alabama                 CHARLIE MELANCON, Louisiana
STEVE KING, Iowa                     JIM COSTA, California
MARILYN N. MUSGRAVE, Colorado        JOHN T. SALAZAR, Colorado
RANDY NEUGEBAUER, Texas              JOHN BARROW, Georgia
CHARLES W. BOUSTANY, Jr., Louisiana  EARL POMEROY, North Dakota
JOHN J.H. ``JOE'' SCHWARZ, Michigan  LEONARD L. BOSWELL, Iowa
JOHN R. ``RANDY'' KUHL, Jr., New     RICK LARSEN, Washington
York                                 LINCOLN DAVIS, Tennessee
VIRGINIA FOXX, North Carolina        BEN CHANDLER, Kentucky
K. MICHAEL CONAWAY, Texas
JEFF FORTENBERRY, Nebraska
JEAN SCHMIDT, Ohio
MICHAEL E. SODREL, Indiana

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                           Professional Staff

                William E. O'Conner, Jr., Staff Director

                      Kevin J. Kramp, Chief Counsel

                  John Haugen, Communications Director

                Robert L. Larew, Minority Staff Director

                                  (ii)
                      LETTER OF SUBMITTAL

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                          House of Representatives,
                                  Committee on Agriculture,
                                   Washington, DC, January 2, 2007.

    Hon. Karen L. Haas,
    Clerk of the House of Representatives,
    Washington, DC.

    Dear Ms. Haas: Pursuant to rule XI, clause 1(d), of the 
Rules of the House of Representatives, I herewith submit to the 
House a report of the activities of the Committee on 
Agriculture during the 109th Congress.
    With best wishes, I am

        Sincerely,
                                             Bob Goodlatte,
                                                          Chairman.
                             C O N T E N T S

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I. Summary of organization, jurisdiction, and oversight plan of 
  the Committee on Agriculture...................................     1
        A. Organization..........................................     1
        B. Committee Jurisdiction................................     3
        C. Oversight Plan........................................     7
II. Committee Activities During the 109th Congress...............    15
        A. Main legislative activities...........................    15
        B. Statistical summary of activities.....................    22
        C. Digest of bills within the jurisdiction of the 
          Committee on Agriculture on which some action has been 
          taken..................................................    23
        D. Oversight.............................................    58
        E. Printed hearings......................................    80
        F. Meetings not printed..................................    84
        G. Committee prints......................................    85
III. Appendix....................................................    85
        A. Executive communications..............................    85
        B. Presidential Proclamations and other documents of 
          interest...............................................   142
        D. Statutory reports.....................................   145
        E. Memorials.............................................   160
        F. Petitions.............................................   162
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 REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE ON ACTIVITIES DURING THE 109th 
                                CONGRESS

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January 2, 2007.--Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the 
              State of the Union and ordered to be printed

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   Mr. Goodlatte,  from the Committee on Agriculture, submitted the 
                               following



                              R E P O R T

    In accordance with rule XI, clause 1(d), of the Rules of 
the House of Representatives, the Committee on Agriculture 
reports herewith on its activities during the 109th Congress.

  I. Summary of Organization, Jurisdiction, and Oversight Plan of the 
                       Committee on Agriculture.


                             A. ORGANIZATION

     The House of Representatives established the total 
authorized membership of the Committee on Agriculture for the 
109th Congress at 46, with a party division of 25 Republicans 
and 21 Democrats. Among the committee members were 13 
Representatives who were serving their first terms (Foxx, 
Conaway, Fortenberry, Boustany, Schwarz, Schmidt, Sodrel, Kuhl, 
Cuellar, Salazar, Melancon, Costa, and Barrow of GA).
    The committee organized on February 16, 2005, into five 
subcommittees, four of which were assigned jurisdiction over 
major agricultural commodities and one that dealt with various 
related agricultural operations. The five subcommittees were 
constituted as follows:

                        SUBCOMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS
(Ratio includes ex officio members. Bob Goodlatte, chairman, and Collin 
 C. Peterson, ranking minority member, were ex officio members of all 
                             subcommittees)
                        Commodity Subcommittees
Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management (Ratio 16-
                                  14)

   JERRY MORAN, Kansas, Chairman

BOB ETHERIDGE, North Carolina,       TERRY EVERETT, Alabama
     Ranking Minority Member         FRANK D. LUCAS, Oklahoma
JOHN T. SALAZAR, Colorado            WILLIAM L. JENKINS, Tennessee
JIM MARSHALL, Georgia                TIMOTHY V. JOHNSON, Illinois
STEPHANIE HERSETH, South Dakota          Vice Chairman
G.K. BUTTERFIELD, North Carolina     MIKE PENCE, Indiana
CHARLIE MELANCON, Louisiana          SAM GRAVES, Missouri
JOHN BARROW, Georgia                 JO BONNER, Alabama
EARL POMEROY, North Dakota           STEVE KING, Iowa
LEONARD L. BOSWELL, Iowa             MARILYN N. MUSGRAVE, Colorado
RICK LARSEN, Washington              RANDY NEUGEBAUER, Texas
BEN CHANDLER, Kentucky               CHARLES W. BOUSTANY, Jr., 
DAVID SCOTT, Georgia                 Louisiana
JIM COSTA, California                K. MICHAEL CONAWAY, Texas
                                     JEFF FORTENBERRY, Nebraska
                                     MICHAEL E. SODREL, Indiana

        Subcommittee on Livestock and Horticulture (Ratio 13-11)

   ROBIN HAYES, North Carolina, 
             Chairman

ED CASE, Hawaii,                     RICHARD W. POMBO, California
     Ranking Minority Member         TOM OSBORNE, Nebraska
DAVID SCOTT, Georgia                 MIKE PENCE, Indiana
STEPHANIE HERSETH, South Dakota      MIKE ROGERS, Alabama
JIM COSTA, California                STEVE KING, Iowa
DENNIS A. CARDOZA, California        RANDY NEUGEBAUER, Texas
JOHN T. SALAZAR, Colorado            JOHN R. ``RANDY'' KUHL, Jr., New 
LEONARD L. BOSWELL, Iowa             York
RICK LARSEN, Washington              VIRGINIA FOXX, North Carolina
EARL POMEROY, North Dakota           K. MICHAEL CONAWAY, Texas
JOHN BARROW, Georgia                 JEAN SCHMIDT, Ohio
                                     MICHAEL E. SODREL, Indiana

Subcommittee on Specialty Crops and Foreign Agriculture Programs (Ratio 
                                  9-8)

  WILLIAM L. JENKINS, Tennessee, 
             Chairman

MIKE McINTYRE, North Carolina,       TERRY EVERETT, Alabama,
     Ranking Minority Member             Vice Chairman
JIM MARSHALL, Georgia                GIL GUTKNECHT, Minnesota
CHARLIE MELANCON, Louisiana          ROBIN HAYES, North Carolina
JOHN BARROW, Georgia                 MIKE ROGERS, Alabama
DAVID SCOTT, Georgia                 RANDY NEUGEBAUER, Texas
BEN CHANDLER, Kentucky               JOHN J.H. ``JOE'' SCHWARZ, 
HENRY CUELLAR, Texas                 Michigan
                                     VIRGINIA FOXX, North Carolina

   Conservation, Credit, Rural Development, and Research (Ratio 10-9)

FRANK D. LUCAS, Oklahoma, Chairman

TIM HOLDEN, Pennsylvania,            JERRY MORAN, Kansas
    Ranking Minority Member          TOM OSBORNE, Nebraska,
HENRY CUELLAR, Texas                     Vice Chairman
MIKE McINTYRE, North Carolina        SAM GRAVES, Missouri
BOB ETHERIDGE, North Carolina        MIKE ROGERS, Alabama
ED CASE, Hawaii                      STEVE KING, Iowa
LINCOLN DAVIS, Tennessee             CHARLES W. BOUSTANY, Jr., 
STEPHANIE HERSETH, South Dakota      Louisiana
G.K. BUTTERFIELD, North Carolina     JOHN J.H. ``JOE'' SCHWARZ, 
                                     Michigan
                                     JEFF FORTENBERRY, Nebraska

                        Operational Subcommittee
   Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, Nutrition, and 
                          Forestry (Ratio 8-7)

GIL GUTKNECHT, Minnesota, Chairman

JOE BACA, California,                RICHARD W. POMBO, California
    Ranking Minority Member          JERRY MORAN, Kansas
DENNIS A. CARDOZA, California        JO BONNER, Alabama
G.K. BUTTERFIELD, North Carolina     VIRGINIA FOXX, North Carolina
TIM HOLDEN, Pennsylvania             JEFF FORTENBERRY, Nebraska
HENRY CUELLAR, Texas                 JEAN SCHMIDT, Ohio
JIM COSTA, California

                        B. COMMITTEE JURISDICTION

     Under rules adopted by the House of Representatives for 
the 109th Congress, the Committee on Agriculture's (hereinafter 
also referred to as committee) jurisdiction (See rule X, clause 
1 of the Rules of the House of Representatives) extended to----
          (1) Adulteration of seeds, insect pests, and 
        protection of birds and animals in forest reserves.
          (2) Agriculture generally.
          (3) Agricultural and industrial chemistry.
          (4) Agricultural colleges and experiment stations.
          (5) Agricultural economics and research.
          (6) Agricultural education extension services.
          (7) Agricultural production and marketing and 
        stabilization of prices of agricultural products, and 
        commodities (not including distribution outside of the 
        United States).
          (8) Animal industry and diseases of animals.
          (9) Commodity exchanges.
          (10) Crop insurance and soil conservation.
          (11) Dairy industry.
          (12) Entomology and plant quarantine.
          (13) Extension of farm credit and farm security.
          (14) Inspection of livestock, poultry, meat products, 
        and seafood and seafood products.
          (15) Forestry in general, and forest reserves other 
        than those created from the public domain.
          (16) Human nutrition and home economics.
          (17) Plant industry, soils, and agricultural 
        engineering.
          (18) Rural electrification.
          (19) Rural development.
          (20) Water conservation related to activities of the 
        Department of Agriculture.
    The revised edition of the Rules and Manual of the House of 
Representatives for the 107th Congress (House Document No. 106-
320) provides the following concerning the Committee on 
Agriculture: \1\
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    \1\ References are to the volume and section of Hinds' (volumes I-
V, e.g., IV, 500) and Cannon's (volumes VI-VIII, e.g., VI, 400) 
Precedents of the House of Representatives, and to the Congressional 
Record by date and page (e.g., January 3, 1953, p. 500).

          ``This committee was established in 1820 (IV, 4149). 
        In 1880 the subject of forestry was added to its 
        jurisdiction, and the committee was conferred authority 
        to receive estimates of and to report appropriations 
        (IV, 4149). However, on July 1, 1920, authority to 
        report appropriations for the U.S. Department of 
        Agriculture was transferred to the Committee on 
        Appropriations (VII, 1860).
           The basic form of the present jurisdictional 
        statement was made effective January 2, 1947, as a part 
        of the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1946 (60 Stat. 
        812). Subparagraph (7) was altered by the 93d Congress, 
        effective January 3, 1975, to include jurisdiction over 
        agricultural commodities (including the Commodity 
        Credit Corporation) while transferring jurisdiction 
        over foreign distribution and nondomestic production of 
        commodities to the Committee on International Relations 
        (H. Res. 988, 93d Cong., Oct 8, 1974, p. 34470). 
        Nevertheless, the committee has retained a limited 
        jurisdiction over measures to release CCC stocks for 
        such foreign distribution (Sept. 14, 1989, p. 20428). 
        Previously unstated jurisdictions over commodities 
        exchanges and rural development were codified effective 
        January 3, 1975.
          The 104th Congress consolidated the committee's 
        jurisdiction over inspection of livestock and meat 
        products to include inspection of poultry, seafood, and 
        seafood products, and added subparagraph (20) relating 
        to water conservation (sec. 202(a), H. Res. 6, Jan. 4, 
        1995, p.464). Clerical and stylistic changes were 
        effected when the House recodified its rules in the 
        106th Congress (H. Res. 5. Jan. 6, 1999, p.------).
           The committee has had jurisdiction of bills for 
        establishing and regulating the Department of 
        Agriculture (IV, 4150), for inspection of livestock and 
        meat products, regulation of animal industry, diseases 
        of animals (IV, 4154; VII, 1862), adulteration of 
        seeds, insect pests, protection of birds and animals in 
        forest reserves (IV, 4157; VII, 1870), the improvement 
        of the breed of horses, even with the cavalry service 
        in view (IV, 4158; VII, 1865).
           The committee, having charge of the general subject 
        of forestry, has reported bills relating to timber, and 
        forest reserves other than those created from the 
        public domain (IV, 4160). It has also exercised 
        jurisdiction of bills relating to agricultural colleges 
        and experiment stations (IV, 4152), incorporation of 
        agricultural societies (IV, 4159), and establishment of 
        a highway commission (IV, 4153), to discourage 
        fictitious and gambling transactions in farm products 
        (IV, 4161; VII, 1861), to regulate the transportation, 
        sale and handling of dogs and cats intended for use in 
        research and the licensing of animal research 
        facilities (July 29, 1965, p. 18691); and to designate 
        an agricultural research center (May 14, 1995, 
        p.11070). The committee shares with the Committee on 
        the Judiciary jurisdiction over a bill comprehensively 
        amending the Immigration and Nationality Act and 
        including food stamp eligibility requirements for 
        aliens (Sept. 19, 1995, p.25533).
           The House referred the President's message dealing 
        with the refinancing of farm-mortgage indebtedness to 
        the committee, thus conferring jurisdiction (April 4, 
        1933, p.1209).
          The committee has jurisdiction over a bill relating 
        solely to executive level position in the Department of 
        Agriculture (March 2, 1976, p. 4958) and has 
        jurisdiction over bills to develop land and water 
        conservation programs on private and non-Federal lands 
        (June 7, 1976, p. 16768).

     Some of the specific areas in which the Committee on 
Agriculture exercises its jurisdiction or that have been 
created for the committee by historical reference include:

           (1) Public Law 480, Eighty-third Congress, the 
        restoration, expansion, and development of foreign 
        markets for United States agricultural products; and 
        the effect of the General Agreement on Tariffs and 
        Trade (and the North American Free Trade Agreement), 
        bilateral free trade agreements, the European 
        Community, and other regional economic agreements and 
        commodity marketing and pricing systems on United 
        States agriculture.
          (2) All matters relating to the establishment and 
        development of an effective Foreign Agricultural 
        Service.
           (3) Matters relating to rural development, including 
        rural telephone companies, farm credit banks, farm 
        rural housing loans, rural water supply, rural flood 
        control and water pollution control programs, and loans 
        for rural firehouses, community facilities, and 
        businesses.
          (4) Production and use of energy from agricultural 
        and forestry resources.
          (5) Matters relating to the development, use, and 
        administration of the National Forests, including, but 
        not limited to, development of a sound program for 
        general public use of the National Forests consistent 
        with watershed protection and sustained-yield timber 
        management, study of the forest fire prevention and 
        control policies and activities of the Forest Service 
        and their relation to coordinated activities of other 
        Federal, State, and private agencies; Forest Service 
        land exchanges; and wilderness and similar use 
        designations applied to National Forest land.
          (6) Price spreads of agricultural commodities between 
        producers and consumers.
          (7) The formulation and development of improved 
        programs for agricultural commodities; matters relating 
        to the inspection, grading, and marketing of such 
        commodities, including seafood; and food safety 
        generally.
          (8) Matters relating to trading in futures contracts 
        for all commodities and similar instruments, including 
        commodity options and commodity leverage contracts.
          (9) The administration and operation of agricultural 
        programs through State and county committees and the 
        administrative policies and procedures relating to the 
        selection, election, and operation of such committees.
          (10) The administration and development of small 
        watershed programs under Public Law 566, Eighty-third 
        Congress, as amended, and the development of resource 
        conservation and development programs for rural areas.
          (11) Programs of food assistance or distribution 
        supported in whole or in part by funds of the 
        Department of Agriculture, including but not limited to 
        the food stamp program and the commodity distribution 
        program.
          (12) Aquaculture programs of the Department of 
        Agriculture.
          (13) Sugar legislation, including import control 
        programs that stabilize domestic prices.
          (14) All matters relating to pesticides, the Federal 
        Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, as 
        amended, the Federal Environmental Pesticide Control 
        Act of 1972, the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and 
        Rodenticide Act Amendments of 1988, and the Food 
        Quality Protection Act of 1996, including, but not 
        limited to, the registration, marketing, and safe use 
        of pesticides, groundwater contamination, and the 
        coordination of the pesticide program under FIFRA with 
        food safety programs.
          (15) Agricultural research programs, including, but 
        not limited to, the authorization of specific research 
        projects and agricultural biotechnology development 
        efforts.
          (16) All matters relating to the Commodity Credit 
        Corporation Charter Act.
          (17) Legislation relating to the control of the entry 
        into the United States of temporary, nonresident aliens 
        for employment in agricultural production.
          (18) Legislation relating to the general operations 
        and the Organic Act of the Department of Agriculture, 
        the Commodity Credit Corporation, Federal Crop 
        Insurance Corporation, Farm Credit Administration, Farm 
        Credit System, Federal Agricultural Mortgage 
        Corporation, and Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
          (19) Producer-funded research, promotion, and 
        consumer and industry information programs for 
        agricultural commodities.
          (20) Legislation regarding reclamation water projects 
        where the pricing of water delivered by such projects 
        is affected by whether the water will be used in the 
        production of a crop for which an acreage reduction 
        program is in effect.
          (21) Legislation regarding reclamation water projects 
        for which the Secretary of Agriculture is required to 
        make a determination regarding commodity availability 
        prior to the determination of the price to be charged 
        for the delivery of such project water.
          (22) Legislation establishing the level of fees 
        charged by the Federal Government for the grazing of 
        livestock on Federal lands.
          (23) Legislation governing the Federal regulation of 
        transactions involving swaps contracts, hybrid 
        financial instruments, and derivative securities and 
        financial products.
          (24) Legislation regarding the Federal Reserve Board 
        with respect to its authority to regulate the 
        establishment of appropriate levels of margin on stock 
        index futures contracts.
          The committee also reviews and studies, on a 
        continuing basis, the current and prospective 
        application, administration, execution, and 
        effectiveness of those laws, or parts of laws, the 
        subject matter of which is within the jurisdiction of 
        the committee, and the organization and operation of 
        the Federal agencies and entities having 
        responsibilities in or for the administration and 
        execution thereof. In addition, the committee, along 
        with other standing committees of the House, has the 
        function of reviewing and studying on a continuing 
        basis the effect or probable effect of tax and other 
        fiscal and monetary policies affecting subjects within 
        their jurisdiction.

                           C. OVERSIGHT PLAN


    The Committee on Agriculture met on February 16, 2005 to 
fulfill the General Oversight Responsibility reporting 
requirements of rule X 2(d)(1) of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives.
    The following outline was prepared in consultation with the 
ranking minority member and approved by the full committee 
which was forwarded to the Committee on Government Reform and 
the Committee on House Administration on February 16, 2005:

 OVERSIGHT PLAN, HOUSE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE FOR THE 109TH CONGRESS

    The committee expects to exercise appropriate oversight 
activity with regard to the following issues:

      2002 Farm Bill and Current Agricultural Economic Conditions

                
 The U.S. Department of Agriculture's 
                (USDA) implementation of the Farm Security and 
                Rural Investment Act of 2002;
                
 Current status of U.S. farm economy;
                
 Oversight of implementation of new 
                peanut program, including marketing loan 
                program, direct payments, counter-cyclical 
                payments, and quota compensation payments;
                
 USDA's implementation of the Fair and 
                Equitable Tobacco Reform Act of 2004;
                
 Impact of 2003 and 2004 calendar year 
                weather conditions on 2004 crop production;
                
 USDA's implementation of agricultural 
                disaster assistance contained in the fiscal 
                2005 Military Construction Appropriations 
                conference report;
                
 Oversight of USDA's activities 
                regarding the implementation of the U.S. 
                Warehouse Act;
                
 Reauthorization of the United States 
                Grain Standards Act; and
                
 Implementation of title IX of the Farm 
                Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002.

               Federal Crop Insurance and Risk Management

                
 Administration of the Federal Crop 
                Insurance Program, including implementation of 
                the insurance provisions contained in the 
                Agricultural Risk Protection Act of 2000 in 
                light of 2003 and 2004 crop and livestock 
                disasters and continued drought conditions into 
                the 2005 crop year;
                
 Risk Management Agency implementation 
                of Premium Reduction Plans;
                
 Review of private sector risk 
                management tools available to producers;
                
 USDA implementation of statutory 
                provisions designed to reduce crop insurance 
                program waste and improve program integrity;
                
 Proposed policy options regarding crop 
                insurance options for revenue and gross income 
                protection and multi-year disasters;
                
 Reauthorization of the CFTC; and
                
 Oversight of electricity market 
                investigations by the Federal Energy Regulatory 
                Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading 
                Commission.

                           Agricultural Trade

                
 The administration is negotiating the 
                World Trade Organization (WTO) multilateral 
                trade agreement affecting U.S. agriculture. 
                Negotiations continue on the Agricultural 
                Agreement under the Doha Development Agenda;
                
 Bilateral and regional FTAs are being 
                negotiated (CAFTA-DR, Panama, Bahrain, et 
                cetera) and the impact on U.S. agriculture will 
                be assessed;
                
 Countries that are under consideration 
                for accession to the WTO, such as Russia will 
                be evaluated on the impact on U.S. agriculture;
                
 USDA's implementation of the trade 
                title of the Farm Security and Rural Investment 
                Act of 2002 will be reviewed in preparation for 
                the new farm bill;
                
 USDA and USTR's implementation of 
                trade agreements already adopted and related 
                issues to ensure compliance of other countries' 
                trade obligations, including:
                
 WTO dispute settlement provisions 
                (cotton, biotechnology, geographical 
                indications);
                
 European Union (EU) issues such as the 
                EU meat hormone ban;
                
 use of the U.S. carousel legislation;
                
 tariff rate quotas (TRQ);
                
 biotechnology;
                
 EU non-trade concerns, including 
                animal welfare;
                
 import and export State trading 
                enterprises;
                
 Issues relating to the North American 
                Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA):
                
 Canada's use of high tariffs for 
                dairy, poultry, eggs, barley, and margarine 
                products;
                
 Canadian exports of wheat, barley, and 
                other agricultural commodities into the U.S.;
                
 Mexico's actions that can impair NAFTA 
                trade on U.S. pork, apples, beef, and rice;
                
 Mexico's sanitary and phytosanitary 
                barriers on grains and meat;
                
 Mexico's tax on soft drinks using high 
                fructose corn syrup;
                
 U.S. sugar;
                
 International food assistance programs 
                to ensure that program goals are being met in 
                the most recent uses of the program 
                reauthorized in the 2002 farm bill, including 
                the Global Food for Education Program, Food for 
                Progress Program, and P.L. 480; and
                
 Congressional oversight of trade 
                negotiations that affects U.S. food assistance 
                programs.

                  Agricultural Research and Promotion

                
 Review implementation of biosecurity 
                protocols at USDA Agricultural Research Service 
                (ARS) laboratories;
                
 USDA's implementation of research, 
                education and extension programs authorized in 
                the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 
                2002, the Agricultural Research, Extension, and 
                Education Reform Act of 1998, and the 
                Agricultural Risk Protection Act of 2000;
                
 Administration of the Agricultural 
                Research Service's research stations and 
                worksites;
                
 Review USDA's continuing ability to 
                conduct foreign animal disease research, 
                training and diagnostic programs at the Plum 
                Island Animal Disease Center following the 
                transfer of the center to the Department of 
                Homeland Security;
                
 Federal efforts to facilitate research 
                and development of aquacultural enterprises, 
                specifically focusing on the activities of the 
                Joint Committee on Aquaculture, chaired by the 
                Secretary of Agriculture and including the 
                Secretaries of Interior and Commerce;
                
 Implementation of USDA's regulation on 
                organic standards;
                
  Review coordination between ARS, 
                Economic Research Service (ERS), Cooperative 
                State Research, Education, and Extension 
                Service (CSREES) and action agencies in USDA 
                such as Natural Resources Conservation Service 
                (NRCS) and Farm Service Agency (FSA) in order 
                to prevent duplicative research;
                
 Review operation of the National 
                Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, 
                and Economics Advisory Board;
                
 Evaluate the current mix of research 
                funding mechanisms to insure maximum benefits 
                from these investments to food and fiber 
                producers, processors and consumers; and
                
 administration of USDA's agricultural 
                marketing and promotion programs and to assess 
                what, if any, legislation may be needed to 
                carry out these programs.

                    Conservation and th Environment

                
 Comparing conservation payments to 
                commodity program payments and their effect of 
                keeping producers profitable;
                
 Impact of regulatory activities 
                carried out pursuant to the Endangered Species 
                Act, or any proposed legislative changes to 
                such Act, on agricultural producers;
                
 Oversight of regulatory initiatives 
                undertaken by the Environmental Protection 
                Agency (EPA), National Marine Fisheries Service 
                (NMFS), and the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) 
                concerning Endangered Species Act consultations 
                regarding pesticide products regulated under 
                the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and 
                Rodenticide Act;
                
 Impact of EPA's regulatory activity 
                relative to methyl bromide on production of 
                agriculture in the U.S.;
                
 Review of the resource needs of the 
                EPA as they pertain to the collection of 
                pesticide registration, re-registration and 
                tolerance fees;
                
 Review of the continuing international 
                negotiations concerning implementation of the 
                Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic 
                Pollutants, the Protocol on Persistent Organic 
                Pollutants to the Convention on Long-Range 
                Transboundary Air Pollution, and the Rotterdam 
                Convention on the Prior Informed Consent 
                Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and 
                Pesticides in International Trade;
                
 Budget and program activities of 
                USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service 
                (NRCS);
                
  NRCS implementation of the technical 
                service provider assistance provisions of Farm 
                Security and Rural Investment Act 2002;
                
 Review of the initial implementation 
                of the Conservation Security Program;
                
 Review of USDA's Conservation Reserve 
                and Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program;
                
 Review of implementation of the EPA's 
                rule on animal feeding operations and its 
                impact on the U.S. livestock industry and the 
                practical uses of the Environmental Quality 
                Incentives Program (EQIP) to ease 
                implementation of the rule;
                
 Review of EPA's rule on permit trading 
                under the Clean Water Act and its effect on and 
                potential benefits to U.S. agriculture;
                
 Review of potential impacts of EPA's 
                Clean Air Act regulatory program on U.S. 
                agriculture;
                
 Potential consequences for production 
                agriculture in the U.S. should the mandates 
                contained in the Kyoto Protocol to the United 
                Nations' Framework Convention on Climate Change 
                be implemented by treaty, law or regulation;
                
 Impact of regulatory activities 
                carried out pursuant to the Endangered Species 
                Act, or any proposed legislative changes to the 
                ESA, on agricultural producers;
                
 Impact of EPA's regulatory activity 
                relative to methyl bromide on production 
                agriculture in the U.S;
                
 Review EPA's implementation of the 
                Food Quality Protection Act (FQPA), Federal 
                Insecticide Fungicide and Rodenticide Act 
                (FIFRA) and Pesticide Registration Improvement 
                Act (PRIA);
                
 Review the impact of litigation on 
                producers who are complying with FIFRA, the 
                Endangered Species Act, the Clean Air Act, and 
                the Clean Water Act;
                
 Review the EPA's regulatory actions in 
                regard to pesticide evaluations; and
                
 Review of EPA's Air Quality Compliance 
                Agreement for Animal Feeding Operations and its 
                impact on U.S. livestock producers.

                             Biotechnology

                
 Review issues related to trade 
                barriers and possible promotion or increase of 
                trade regarding products helpful to third world 
                countries (pharma/nutraceuticals);
                
 Review current regulatory framework 
                for products of agricultural biotechnology;
                
 Specifically, review current 
                regulations and research regarding animal 
                biotechnology; and
                
 Promote education, outreach and 
                research for increased consumer acceptance of 
                products of biotechnology.

                   U.S. Forest Service Administration

                
 Review Forest Service budget, focusing 
                on proposed land acquisition and easement 
                programs;
                
 Review Forest Service financial 
                management and accounting, including progress 
                towards clean financial statements and review 
                of GAO's assessment of Forest Service's fiscal 
                health;
                
 Continue oversight of Healthy Forests 
                Restoration Act implementation, particularly 
                title IV projects;
                
 Continue oversight of Forest Service 
                fire management program, focusing on reducing 
                costs, achieving efficiencies in aviation 
                management, and addressing other procurement 
                problems;
                
 Conduct oversight on implementation of 
                PL 106-393, the Secure Rural Schools and 
                Community Self Determination Act, in 
                preparation for eventual reauthorization;
                
 Review and assess effectiveness and 
                appropriateness of programs authorized in 
                Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act, 
                particularly those providing technical 
                assistance and financial assistance to private 
                forest landowners, in preparation for the 2006 
                farm bill;
                
 Assess effectiveness of Forest 
                Service's commodity programs, including forest 
                products and grazing management;
                
 Review administration efforts to 
                reform the National Forest Planning process;
                
 Review status and implementation of 
                Forest Service's Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) 
                policy, with particular attention to the extent 
                to which the Forest Service uses local input to 
                guide implementation; and
                
 Assess Forest Service research program 
                to ensure it focuses on enhancing the 
                competitiveness of the domestic forestry 
                sector, including forest products industry and 
                non-Federal forest landowners.

                                 Dairy

                
 Review structure of domestic dairy 
                industry and how it facilitates or impedes 
                development of new products;
                
 Review opportunities to improve 
                competitiveness in export markets for U.S.-
                produced dairy products; and
                
 Review options to improve the 
                efficiency and effectiveness of dairy programs 
                in light of current budgetary realities.

                      USDA General Administration

                
 Implementation of USDA's Civil Rights 
                settlement; and
                
 Confidentiality of information 
                provided to USDA by agricultural producers.

         Farm Credit, Rural Development, and the Rural Economy

                
 Farm Credit Administration's (FCA) 
                regulatory program and activities regarding the 
                Farm Credit System (FCS) to assure the FCS' 
                safety and soundness;
                
 Review of Farmer Mac activities and 
                programs;
                
 Implementation of rural development 
                policies and authorities contained in FSRIA 
                2002 and the Consolidated Farm and Rural 
                Development Act;
                
  Review the status of the Rural 
                Telephone Bank
                
  Oversight of the USDA's Rural 
                Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee 
                Program
                
 Oversight of the implementation of the 
                USDA  s Telecommunications Programs
                
 Review of rural telecommunications 
                issues
                
 Review of agriculture technology 
                issues

                    USDA Food and Nutrition Programs

                
 Hearings will be held in preparation 
                of the farm bill and related to reauthorization 
                of the food and nutrition programs under the 
                jurisdiction of the Agriculture Committee, 
                including the food stamp program, the emergency 
                food assistance program and other commodity 
                distribution programs;
                
 Review of the 2005 Dietary Guidelines 
                for Americans and any changes to the USDA 
                Pyramid;
                
 USDA food assistance programs and 
                obesity;
                
 Oversight of the provisions of the 
                food stamp program, including those related to:
                
 Food stamp benefits for non-citizens;
                
 Transitional food stamp benefits for 
                persons leaving welfare programs;
                
 Simplification of the food stamp 
                program by States;
                
 Employment and training programs for 
                food stamp participants who are 18 to 50; years 
                old, able-bodied and with no dependents;
                
 Monitor and hold hearings on the 
                reauthorization of the program of block grants 
                for States for temporary assistance for needy 
                families (TANF), including waiver authority for 
                the food stamp program and initiation of the 
                State food assistance block grant demonstration 
                project, as introduced in H.R. 240 on January 
                4, 2005;
                
 Assess States' use of electronic 
                benefits transfer (EBT) systems to improve the 
                distribution of food benefits;
                
 Review of the reformed food stamp 
                quality control system on reducing 
                overpayments, payments to ineligible 
                participants and underpayments to assess 
                States' administration of the food stamp 
                program; and
                
 Oversight of commodity distribution 
                programs, including the emergency food 
                assistance program (TEFAP).

                              Food Safety

                
 USDA's administration of the meat and 
                poultry inspection laws and the Food and Drug 
                Administration's food inspection activities, 
                including seafood and seafood products to 
                ensure that policies and resources are focused 
                on developing scientifically sound systems for 
                food safety assurance;
                
 USDA's efforts to educate consumers 
                regarding safe food handling practices, the 
                development of microbial interventions to 
                reduce the frequency and severity of food borne 
                illnesses, expanded research and development of 
                pathogen reduction technologies, as well as 
                streamlined, science-based policies relative to 
                assessment and approval of food safety 
                technologies;
                
 Review implementation of new protocols 
                for meat, poultry, eggs, or seafood safety 
                inspection, including the implementation of 
                Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) 
                pathogen reduction regulation; and
                
 Impact of lawsuits challenging aspects 
                of food safety inspection modernization efforts 
                including authority to establish and enforce 
                microbiological performance standards and 
                (HACCP) based inspection models.

                        Plant and Animal Health

                
 Review implementation of the Plant 
                Protection Act of 2000;
                
 Review implementation of the Animal 
                Health Protection Act of 2002;
                
 Review enforcement of the Animal 
                Welfare Act;
                
 Federal efforts to reduce threats to 
                human, animal, and plant health due to 
                predatory and invasive species;
                
 USDA's management of domestic pest and 
                disease surveillance and eradication programs;
                
 Oversight of USDA's expanded BSE 
                surveillance program;
                
 Review implementation of USDA's final 
                rule recognizing Canada as a BSE Minimal Risk 
                Country;
                
 Oversight of a national animal 
                identification system that is being developed 
                and implemented by USDA and to assess what, if 
                any, legislation may be needed to carry out 
                this program;
                
 Department of Homeland Security-
                Customs and Border Patrol (HS-CBP) 
                administration of the Animal Health Protection 
                Act and Plant Protection Act border 
                inspections;
                
 Review of DHS-CBP expenditures of 
                Agricultural Quarantine Inspection funds 
                transferred from USDA-APHIS;
                
 Review of DHS operation of Plum Island 
                Animal Disease Center; and
                
 The issue of new drug development, 
                approval, and availability for animal 
                agriculture as well as the implementation of 
                the Animal Drug Availability Act.

                          Livestock Marketing

                
 Review potential changes and 
                implementation of mandatory livestock price 
                reporting and to assess what, if any, 
                legislation may be needed to carry out this 
                program;
                
 USDA's implementation of voluntary 
                Country of Origin Labeling in preparation for 
                mandatory Country of Origin Labeling;
                
 Effectiveness of the Grain Inspection, 
                Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) 
                in monitoring the potential for market 
                manipulation in the livestock industry; and
                
 Structural changes in agribusiness and 
                the potential costs and benefits for 
                agricultural producers.

                   Homeland Security and Bioterrorism

                
 Review the implementation of the 
                Public Health Security and Bioterrorism 
                Preparedness and Response Act of 2002 including 
                USDA and HHS joint regulation of select 
                biological agents and toxins; also, protection 
                against adulteration of food, debarment for 
                repeated or serious food import violations, 
                registration of food facilities and other 
                activities;
                
 USDA's ability to protect, prevent and 
                effectively deal with an attack on agriculture 
                and its infrastructure;
                
 Oversight of the transfer of the 
                Agricultural Quarantine Inspection 
                responsibility from the USDA to the Department 
                of Homeland Security;
                
 USDA's management of domestic pest and 
                disease surveillance and eradication programs 
                in light of the transfer of resources to the 
                Department of Homeland Security; and
                
 USDA's continuing ability to conduct 
                foreign animal disease research, training and 
                diagnostic programs at the Plum Island Animal 
                Disease Center following the transfer of the 
                center to the Department of Homeland Security.

                             Miscellaneous

                
 Adequacy of agricultural labor and the 
                agricultural guest worker program, H2A; and
                
 Review implementation of the Specialty 
                Crop Competitiveness Act.

        Consultation With Other Committees to Reduce Duplication

                
 With Resources Committee on forestry 
                issues and other public land issues;
                
 With Science Committee on Research;
                
 With Ways and Means and Education and 
                the Workforce on nutrition programs;
                
 With Homeland Security on importation 
                of animal and plant material;
                
 With Judiciary on immigrant 
                agricultural labor;
                
 With Energy and Commerce on biomass 
                energy programs both existing and new; and
                
 With any other committee as 
                appropriate.

           II. Committee Activities During the 109th Congress


                     A. MAIN LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITIES

    The Committee on Agriculture reported or otherwise 
considered a variety of bills in the 109th Congress covering 
many of the diverse areas within its jurisdictional interest.
    Some of the major activities of the committee during the 
109th Congress included the following:

Farm Bill

    The provisions of the 2002 farm bill begin expiring 
September 30, 2007. Farm bills are written every 5 years and 
authorize many programs, including the following areas: 
commodities; conservation; nutrition; trade; forestry; credit; 
rural development; research; and energy.
    In 2006, the Committee on Agriculture held 11 full 
committee field hearings and two pubic hearings in Washington, 
DC to review farm policy. The field hearings were held in: 
Fayetteville, NC; Auburn, AL; Stockton, CA; Nebraska City, NE; 
Greeley, CO; San Angelo, TX; Yakima, WA; Canandaigua, NY; 
Staunton, VA; Marshall, MN; and Scottsburg, IN.
    In addition to the full committee hearings, there were two 
subcommittee hearings held in Washington, DC and eight 
subcommittee field hearings held in: Valdosta, Georgia; 
Coolidge, Arizona; Wall, South Dakota; Sioux City, Iowa; 
Springfield, Missouri; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Miles City, 
Montana; and El Reno, Oklahoma.
    The commodity programs authorized under the 2002 farm bill 
include the Direct Payment Program, the Counter-Cyclical 
Program and the Marketing Assistance Loan.
    The Direct Payment Program authorizes a base level of 
support to help producers meet their cash flow and production 
financing needs.
    The Counter-Cyclical Program provides additional support to 
producers when crop prices are low. When market prices are 
above statutorily-set levels, no payment is made.
    Marketing Assistance Loans provide producers interim 
financing at harvest time to meet cash flow needs without 
having to sell their commodities when market prices are 
typically at harvest-time lows. This allows for orderly 
marketing of commodities throughout the year. In some 
instances, producers elect to forgo the Marketing Assistance 
Loan and instead receive a Loan Deficiency Payment.
    A Loan Deficiency Payment also allows for orderly marketing 
and, by forgoing the loan, reduces the risk of build-up of 
excessive government-owned commodities that were problematic 
under past programs. (Note.-- See also the discussion under 
``D. Oversight. Summaries for September 29, 2005, Hearing 
Serial No. 109-17; February 6, 2006, February 7, 2006, March 3, 
2006, March 4, 2006, May 8, 2006, May 9, 2006, June 10, 2006, 
June 26, 2006, July 17, 2006, July 22, 2006, July 24, 2006, 
Hearing Serial No. 109-25; March 28, 2006, July 31, 2006, 
September 14, 2006, September 21, 2006, Hearing Serial No. 109-
28; May 1, 2006, July 27, 2006, Hearing Serial No. 109-31; July 
31, 2006, August 28, 2006, September 26, 2006, Hearing Serial 
No. 109-37; and September 13, 20, 2006, Hearing Serial No. 109-
38.'')

Trade

    Trade continues to be a primary interest and the committee 
continues to monitor the Doha Round of WTO Negotiations.
    At the completion of the Uruguay Round of trade 
negotiations, member States agreed to begin a new round of 
talks at the end of the implementation period in 1999 to 
further advance trade openings. The current round of 
negotiations formally began with a meeting in Doha, Qatar where 
member nations pledged to focus on expanded trade for economic 
development. Subsequent ministerial meetings were held in 
Seattle in 2001, Cancun in 2003 and Hong Kong in 2005.
    At the July 21-23, 2006 meeting of the trade and 
agriculture ministers from the U.S., the EU, Japan, Brazil, 
India and Argentina in Geneva, the talks broke down with WTO 
Director General Lamy announcing that the talks would be 
suspended.
    The farm bill will proceed on its previously announced 
schedule as a largely domestic program reauthorization. . 
(Note.-- See also the discussion under ``D. Oversight. 
Summaries for November 2, 2005, Hearing Serial No. 109-19.'')

Brazilian Case against the U.S. Cotton Program at the WTO

    After over 2 years of litigation and appeals, the WTO panel 
considering the Brazilian complaint against the U.S. cotton 
program handed down its final ruling. While Brazil did not 
prevail in every area, on three important points the panel 
ruled against the United States.
     This was the first adjudication of a commodity support 
program since the expiration of the ``peace clause'' 
established in the Uruguay Round agreement. Under the peace 
clause, any nation was deemed to be in compliance if it kept 
its farm support spending established by the Uruguay agreement. 
After the peace clause expired, any spending could be a 
violation if the complaining country could establish that they 
had suffered ``serious harm'' from the defending country's 
agricultural subsidies, regardless of the amount or type of 
subsidy.
    The three points found in Brazil's favor were: 1) the 
cotton step 2 program was ruled to be an illegal export 
subsidy; 2) the GSM export loan guarantee contained elements of 
subsidy that were illegal; and 3) the fruit and vegetable 
planting restriction modified the direct payment program in 
such a way that dictated planting decisions.
    Since then, Congress repealed the step 2 program last year 
and USDA has modified the export loan guarantee program to 
address WTO questions. The Brazilians held off pressing on the 
remaining issues while the current WTO negotiations were 
underway. In mid-July, Brazil again asked to reopen discussions 
on settling the cotton case.
    The 2002 farm bill was written with the clear understanding 
that it was compliant with WTO rules.
    The questionable analysis done by the WTO panel to reach 
its conclusions brought forward some unusual interpretations of 
the rules. For example, the fruit and vegetable planting 
restriction was designed to prevent certain activity on program 
acres. The panel found that it forced production of program 
commodities, despite the fact that to receive direct payments a 
producer doesn't have to plant anything at all.
    This type of creative interpretation brings into question 
just how the Congress can predict which program policies would 
be protected and which would not in formulating policy.
    This case also highlights the importance of operating in a 
world without a ``peace clause'' to give certainty to farm 
programs.
    With the suspension of the Doha Round of talks in late 
July, there may be more cases brought against U.S. farm 
programs using some of the same approaches seen in the U.S.-
Brazil cotton case.

National Animal Identification System

    The Committee on Agriculture has conducted five hearings on 
this topic and continues to work with the animal agriculture 
community in the development of animal ID public policy.
    The National Animal Identification System (NAIS) is 
currently a voluntary program to encourage identification of 
the nation's flock and herd by 2009. Animal identification has 
been a topic of discussion in the livestock community for many 
years, and gained new interest since the discovery of BSE in a 
Canadian-born cow in Washington State in 2003. USDA is 
presently working with State animal health officials to 
register premises, the first phase step toward implementing a 
comprehensive system.
    Livestock interest groups express a range of views on 
animal ID _ from mandatory to voluntary, government-based to 
private sector systems, and questions about which types of 
animal movements would have to be recorded or reported. 
Concerns have also been raised about costs, regulatory burdens 
and confidentiality of the data. Other elements of the meat & 
poultry sector, such as retailers, processors and small scale 
or casual livestock owners also have a range of ideas about 
what animal ID should entail.
    Constituents have raised many questions about the USDA's 
approach, which has received $84.8 million in Federal funding 
to date, and criticized USDA for providing insufficient detail 
about its plans. The House-passed fiscal year 2007 Agriculture 
appropriations includes a requirement that USDA describe, in 
detail, how they intend to implement an NAIS. Specifically, 
this language stops all spending on NAIS unless and until USDA 
publishes an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking outlining, 
the costs, regulatory requirements, participants, processes, 
and legislative changes necessary to make their plan succeed. 
(Note.-- See also the discussion under ``D. Oversight. 
Summaries for September 15, 28 2005, Hearing Serial No. 109-
16.'')

Country of Origin Labeling

    The final 2002 farm bill contained a provision that 
required retail establishments to provide country-of-origin 
labeling (COOL) for muscle cuts of meat, seafood, fruits and 
vegetables. In writing the farm bill, the House Agriculture 
Committee had rejected mandatory labeling after extensive 
hearings and mark-up. Fruit & vegetable labeling was ultimately 
adopted on the House floor; the Senate added meat and seafood 
labeling.
    Subsequently, implementation of mandatory COOL for meat and 
fruit & vegetables was delayed from 2004 to 2006, and then 
again until 2008. In the meantime, there have been efforts to 
create a rigorous voluntary labeling program.
    Proponents of mandatory COOL argue that it is a consumer-
right-to-know issue and believe it will improve the 
competitiveness of domestic producers. Opponents of mandatory 
labeling see it is a thinly-disguised attempt at a non-tariff 
trade barrier and believe the costs far outweigh the benefits.
    Opponents changed its policy and now favors a voluntary 
labeling program over a mandatory approach. It remains a 
contentious issue within the fruit and vegetable community.
    The debate about the future of country-of-origin labeling 
will continue through the consideration of the next farm bill 
next year.
    A USDA cost-benefit analysis of mandatory COOL, published 
in the October 30, 2003, Federal Register, estimates total 
direct costs will likely range between $582 million to $3.9 
billion in the first year. Recurring costs are projected to add 
between $140 and $600 million annually.
    Nothing currently limits labeling at the retail level. The 
fact is that firms label qualities that they find help sell 
product. Examples of USDA-certified, voluntary marketing 
programs for beef are numerous and include ``Ohio Signature 
Beef'' ``Oregon Trail Supreme Beef'' and ``Washington Beef: St 
Helen's Premium Angus Beef.'' (Note.-- See also the discussion 
for P.L. 109-97 (H.R. 2744) under ``1. Bills Enacted Into 
Law.'')

Eminent Domain

    The Constitution's fifth amendment states, in part, that 
the Government shall not take private property unless the 
taking is for a ``public use'' and the owner receives ``just 
compensation. In the summer of 2005 the Supreme Court decided 
the case of Kelo v. New London. The Court, in Kelo, ruled that 
States may use eminent domain to take private property from one 
person and convey it to second person even though the property 
would not be used as a public use. Instead, the Court said that 
a person's land could be taken for economic development or 
increased tax revenue. This expansive interpretation 
effectively removes protection of property rights and was not 
what the Framers of the Constitution intended by ``public 
use.''
    In the wake of Kelo, the Committee on Agriculture began 
work on H.R. 3405, which the committee favorably reported. No 
further action was taken on H.R. 3405 because the concepts and 
ideas from the Agriculture Committee's work were later 
incorporated in H.R. 4128, the Property Rights Act of 2005. The 
Property Rights Act passed the House of Representatives by a 
vote of 376-38.
    H.R. 4128 prohibits a State or local government from 
exercising its power of eminent domain for the purpose of 
economic development if that State or political subdivision 
receives Federal economic development funds during the fiscal 
year. The definition of economic development is the key to the 
bill and is defined to mean the taking of private property and 
conveying or leasing it to a private entity for commercial 
enterprise carried on for profit or to increase tax revenue, 
the tax base, employment, or general economic health.
    It is important to note that there are exceptions to this 
prohibition. These include conveyances to common carriers such 
as railroads; for use as a road that is open to public use; for 
use as an aqueduct or pipeline; removal of an immediate threat 
to public safety; and for use by a public utility.
    If a State or local government exercises its power of 
eminent domain in this manner, it is not eligible to receive 
Federal economic funding for 2 years, unless the State or local 
government returns the property.
    In June, 2006, President Bush issued an executive order 
that outlines a similar regime for the Federal Government. The 
order directs the Attorney General to issue instructions to 
Federal agencies to prevent the use of eminent domain for the 
benefit of private parties or for economic development. The 
order recognizes exceptions similar to those found in the 
Property Rights Act.
    The Committee on Agriculture held a public hearing on Kelo 
v. New London. September 7, 2005. Followed by a business 
meeting on H.R. 3405. October 7, 2005.
    H.R. 4128, if it becomes law would give States and local 
governments an incentive to limit their expansive use of the 
power of eminent domain.
    Several States have enacted statutes or amended their 
constitutions in response to the public outcry over Kelo. 
Analysis of this legislation, however, shows that there are 
loopholes that would allow continued abuse of the eminent 
domain power in many of these State laws. (Note.-- See the 
discussion for H.R. 4128 under ``5. Bills Act on by the House 
But Not the Senate'', and H.R. 3405 under ``7. Bill Reported to 
the House But Not Considered.'' See also the discussion under 
``D. Oversight. Summaries for September 7, 2005, Hearing Serial 
No. 109-15.'')

Forestry Issues

    The Emergency Forestry Conservation Reserve Program (EFCRP) 
was created to help reforest and restore the millions of acres 
of forest land damaged or destroyed by 2005 hurricanes Dennis, 
Katrina, Ophelia, Rita and Wilma in 2005. Hurricanes Rita and 
Katrina damaged over 5.7 million acres of timberland alone, 
destroying over 15 billion board feet of timber and millions of 
tons of pulpwood.
    The initial Hurricane Supplemental (Public Law 109-148, 
signed December 30, 2005) provided $404 million for the 
program. The Emergency Supplemental for 2006 increased the 
program to $504.1 million to help landowners in the 261 
hurricane-impacted counties in Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, 
North Carolina and Texas. Rules for the program were published 
in June, 2006, and sign-ups began on July 17th. Enrollment for 
the program ended on October 20, 2006.
    Eligible Loss: To be eligible for EFCRP, a forest landowner 
must be located in one of the effected counties and experienced 
at least a 35 percent loss to merchantable timber on private 
non-industrial forestland. The loss must be directly related to 
one of the five 2005 hurricanes.
    Criteria for Enrolling Forest Land: A forester will collect 
eligibility and other data. Continuous enrollment will be 
determined by an environmental benefit index. The Farm Service 
Agency (FSA) will evaluate and rank offers based on their 
potential to prevent soil erosion; improve water quality; 
enhance wildlife habitat; and mitigate economic losses caused 
by the 2005 hurricanes.
    The ranking of offers will accord equal weight to softwoods 
and hardwoods, with additional points awarded for tree species 
and planting densities that benefit wildlife. FSA will 
prioritize offers that are suitable for the site.
    Conservation Plans: After offer evaluation and acceptance, 
a forester will work with the landowner to develop a forestry 
conservation plan, including provisions to conserve soil and 
water, restore wildlife habitat, and re-establish appropriate 
tree species on the Hurricane-damaged site. The plan will also 
include maintenance requirements such as weed control, tree 
thinning and prescribed burns, as appropriate.
    Contracts: 10-year contracts will all be approved by 
December 31, 2006, and will prohibit timber harvest during the 
duration of the contract except when FSA allows it as part of 
normal forest management.
    Payments: EFCRP participants will receive up to 50 percent 
cost-share to prepare and replant sites or restore tree stands. 
Participants will also receive either 10 years of annual rental 
payments or a lump sum rental payment.
    Annual rental rates are: based on the average rental rate 
for CRP contracts in the county where the land is physically 
located; or, where a county has no CRP contracts, the CRP rate 
applicable to a nearby similarly-situated county. Participants 
selecting a lump sum will receive the payment within 30 days 
after the contract becomes effective. Lump sum payments will 
equal the present value of 10 years of rental payments based on 
a five-percent discount rate. Producers cannot receive EFCRP 
cost-share funding for land on which they have or will receive 
funding from any other Federal program that covers the same 
expenses. Acreage enrolled in EFCRP does not count toward 
either the per-county number of acres eligible for CRP; or 
CRP's maximum acreage enrollment authority. (Note.-- See also 
the discussion for P.L. 109-148 (H.R. 2863) under ``1. Bills 
Enacted Into Law.'')

Canadian Softwood Lumber Trade Dispute Update

    The trade dispute between the United States and Canada, 
which dates at least as far back as 1982, has apparently been 
resolved by a bi-lateral agreement signed on July 1st in Geneva 
by US Trade Representative Susan Schwab and Canadian Trade 
Minister David Emerson.
    Chairman Goodlatte led a delegation of Agriculture 
Committee members to Canada in July 2005 to meet with Canadian 
officials, calling for a negotiated settlement to the dispute. 
The issue has come up in Agriculture Committee executive 
sessions and briefings with Commerce Department and USTR 
officials as well.
    Canadian softwood lumber is produced by private companies 
who purchase subsidized timber from the provinces. The Canadian 
provinces own almost 90 percent of the timberland in Canada, 
and they sell timber to mills in seeming disregard for market 
conditions. US lumber producers, in contrast, purchase timber 
from millions of small family ownerships, State lands, and 
national forests, in competitive markets.
    While a bilateral agreement briefly reduced conflict from 
1996 to 2001, it has mostly been an exercise in litigation in 
both WTO and NAFTA forums. While U.S. agencies (Commerce 
Department and the International Trade Commission) and the WTO 
have repeatedly ruled that Canadian exports are both subsidized 
and dumped into U.S. markets, NAFTA panels have repeatedly 
ruled against the U.S. The state of litigation is almost 
impossible to neatly summarize. By December 2005, Canadian 
interests were, by one count, pursuing 18 separate trade 
actions, including seeking compensation for an unfair taking to 
recover duty deposits in the U.S. Court of Claims. The U.S. 
Coalition for Fair Lumber Imports had filed a constitutional 
challenge to the NAFTA dispute resolution process.
    The July agreement calls for the U.S. to revoke softwood 
duties, and for Canada to implement border measures in the form 
of either taxes or quotas. A border tax, ranging from 5-15 
percent, and/or quotas on Canadian shipments to the U.S. would 
kick in when the price of framing lumber is at $355 per 
thousand or lower (as of July 14, the price stood at $317, down 
from $381 this time last year). Each province is allowed to 
choose whether they will pay taxes only, or a lower tax 
combined with a quota. Of the estimated $5 billion collected 
since the duties were implemented in May 2002, $4 billion would 
be refunded to Canadian shippers and $1 billion would stay in 
the U.S., with half of that going to members of the Coalition 
for Fair Lumber Imports. The agreement also: 1) provides for 
the development of a dispute resolution system; 2) creates 
``exit ramps'' by which provinces could be exempt from the 
border measures if their lumber pricing systems achieve market-
based reforms; and 3) provides for a ``surge mechanism'' to 
prevent sudden surges in imports.
    The Canadian Government must submit legislation enabling 
the collection of the border tax, and the Harper government has 
said this will be a vote of confidence. Certain elements of the 
Canadian industry continue to agitate opposition to the 
agreement, but the political situation is not in their favor. 
The effective date of the July 1 agreement is based on 
suspension of all active cases, which has not yet taken place. 
U.S. lumber producers express support for the agreement, saying 
it is the ``next best thing'' to truly open markets for timber 
and lumber, while providing minimal protections for U.S. 
producers in down markets. U.S. lumber consumers (i.e. _ the 
building industry) have expressed opposition to the agreement, 
fearing it will lead to unpredictable supplies from Canada. 
However, they have made no efforts to fundamentally derail the 
process.

Healthy Forests Restoration Act Implementation

    The President signed the Healthy Forests Restoration Act 
(HFRA), Public Law 108-148 on December 3, 2003. The Agriculture 
Committee had primary jurisdiction over this bill, and Chairman 
Goodlatte chaired the Conference Committee. Since enactment, 
the HFRA has been used to treat 8.5 million acres of forests 
and other wildlands, reducing fuel loads and helping to protect 
communities from wildfire.
    The HFRA established a set of alternative processes for 
Federal land managers to propose and implement hazardous fuels 
reduction treatments on public lands, and established pilot 
authorities to demonstrate innovative pest and forest health 
treatments on all ownerships. The centerpiece of the bill 
created a set of expedited processes and public involvement 
tools to allow forest health treatments to proceed quickly, 
before a forest is damaged by fire or other catastrophic 
events.
    The Forest Service has been able to use HFRA authorities to 
reduce hazardous fuels on 6 million acres, and has conducted 
landscape restoration on 2.5 million acres using HFRA 
authorities. 65 percent of the acres treated have been in the 
Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI), the area immediately adjacent 
to communities. When HFRA authorities are combined with 
administrative tools developed as part of the President's 
Healthy Forests Initiative (HFI), the Forest Service has 
conducted hazardous fuels reduction treatments on over 1.2 
million acres this fiscal year. Since the HFI administrative 
measures were adopted in 2001, over 15 million acres have been 
treated for fuels reduction or landscape restoration.
    The HFRA gives additional flexibility to conduct fuels 
reduction treatments to communities that prepare Community 
Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPPs). To date, there have been 654 
completed CWPPs, covering almost 2,700 communities. An 
additional 600 CWPPs are in progress.
    In spite of the progress made, the HFRA and the related 
administrative authorities must be kept in context. The year 
HFRA was signed into law, approximately 191 million acres of 
forests and rangeland were classified as being at high or 
extreme risk of catastrophic wildfires or insect outbreaks. 
Wildfires this year have burned 82 percent more acres than the 
10-year average. Many of these fires are brush and range fires, 
and reflect severe drought conditions or result from 
proliferation of annual brush growth following wet winters.
    Because millions of acres of forest continue to be damaged 
by fires and other catastrophes, the committee has reported and 
the House has approved HR 4200, the Forest Emergency Recovery 
and Research Act (FERRA). Building upon the expedited 
authorities of HFRA, the FERRA allows the Forest Service to 
move ahead quickly after fires to implement reforestation and 
recovery treatments. The bill also gives the agency clear 
direction to work with adjacent landowners to develop recovery 
plans after disaster strikes. (Note.-- See the discussion for 
H.R. 4200 under ``5. Bills Acted on by the House But Not the 
Senate''. See also the discussion under ``D. Oversight. 
Summaries for May 25, 2005, Hearing Serial No. 109-9; November 
15, 2005, Hearing Serial No. 109-20; and December 7, 2005, 
Hearing Serial No. 109-23.'')

                  B. STATISTICAL SUMMARY OF ACTIVITIES

(1) Statistics on bills referred to the Committee on Agriculture

    Number of bills referred:

House bills.......................................................   200
Senate bills......................................................     7
House joint resolutions...........................................     3
House resolutions.................................................     9
House concurrent resolutions......................................     6
Senate joint resolutions..........................................     0
Senate concurrent resolutions.....................................     1
                                                                  ______
     Total........................................................   226

Disposition of bills containing items under the jurisdiction of the 
Committee on Agriculture

Bills enacted into law............................................    12
Bills acted on by the committee included in other bills that 
    became law....................................................     0
Bills vetoed......................................................     0
Bills acted on by both Houses, but not enacted....................     0
Bills acted on by the House but not the Senate....................    12
Concurrent Resolutions approved...................................     0
Bills reported to the House but not considered....................     9
Bills ordered reported, but not reported..........................     0
Bills defeated in the House.......................................     2
(2) Statistics on hearings and markups

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                                                                business    Washington     Field        Total
                                                                meeting      hearings     hearings
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Full committee..............................................            9           19           11           39
Subcommittees:
    General Farm Commodities and Risk Management............            0           12            4           16
    Livestock and Horticulture..............................            0            2            3            5
    Specialty Crops and Foreign Agriculture Programs........            0            1            0            1
    Conservation, Credit, Rural Development, and Research...            0            6            3            9
    Department Operations, Oversight, Nutrition, and                    0            0            3            3
     Forestry...............................................
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      Total.................................................            9           40           24           73
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1. Bills Enacted into Law

             Public Law 109-17 (S.643)
     To amend the Agricultural Credit Act of 1987 to 
reauthorize State mediation programs (approved June 29, 2005).
    This Act authorizes the USDA Certified State Mediation 
Programs through the fiscal year 2010.
    Agricultural mediation is a way of settling disputes within 
a producer's own means while providing a neutral mediator who 
can help resolve the problematic issues. Mediation helps 
resolve many different areas of agricultural disputes, 
including farm loans, wetland determinations, conservation 
compliance and pesticide use.
    Legislative History: S. 643 was introduced by Senator Pat 
Roberts on March 16, 2005. The bill was read twice and referred 
to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. On 
April 21, 2005, the bill passed Senate without amendment by 
unanimous consent and was received in the House on April 25, 
2005. On June 13, 2003, the bill passed House by a vote of 371 
yeas to 2 nays. On June 17, 2005, the bill was signed by the 
President into Public Law 109-17.
             Public Law 109-58 (H.R. 6)
     To ensure jobs for our future with secure, affordable, and 
reliable energy (approved, August 8, 2005).
    The Energy Policy Act extends the renewable electricity 
production credit through December 31, 2007 for qualified 
facilities, including small irrigation power facilities. The 
Act provides a 30 percent credit for investments in alternative 
fuel refueling stations, expands the small ethanol producer 
credit to producers with annual production capacity of more 
than 60 million gallons, and creates an equivalent credit for 
producers of agri-biodiesel through December 31, 2008. H.R. 6 
extends the excise tax credits for biodiesel through December 
31, 2008 and allows ``renewable diesel'' to claim similar 
income and excise tax credits at the rate applicable to agri-
biodiesel.
    H.R. 6 also includes a measure concerning renewable fuels. 
Under the measure the annual average volume of renewable fuel 
additives would increase incrementally, tripling the current 
requirement over 7 years. In 2013 and thereafter, the amount of 
fuel additives would be determined by the EPA, the USDA and the 
Department of Energy, and would be based on the experience of 
increasing fuel additives in the previous 7 years. Provisions 
are included to prevent anti-competitive behavior.
    In addition, the Act includes two sections dealing with 
natural gas and electricity market transparency. Sections 316 
and 1281 direct the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and 
the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) to complete a 
memorandum of understanding regarding information sharing 
between the commissions. This requirement does not affect the 
exclusive jurisdiction of the CFTC with respect to markets 
under its authority, but rather seeks to avoid duplication of 
information reporting, ensure appropriate protection of 
proprietary business information, and acknowledge the 
respective jurisdictions of both agencies in order to avoid any 
jurisdiction overlap. This memorandum is a formal statement of 
an already well-established information sharing relationship 
between the two commissions.
    Legislative History: H.R. 6 was introduced by 
Representative Joe Barton on April 18, 2005, and referred to 
the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the 
Committees on Education and Workforce, Financial Services, 
Agriculture, Resources, Science, Ways and Means, and 
Transportation and Infrastructure. It was passed in the House 
by a recorded vote of 249-183. It was first read in the Senate 
on June 9, 2005 and passed the Senate, as amended by Yea-Nay 
Vote, 85-12. The Senate then requested a conference and 
appointed conferees and a message on Senate action was sent to 
the House on July 11, 2005. On July 14, 2005, the House 
disagreed to the Senate amendment and agreed to a conference. 
The Speaker then appointed conferees from the Committee on 
Agriculture and other committees. On July 17-24, 2005 a 
conference was held and a Conference Report, H.Rept. 109-190, 
was filed in the House on July 27, 2005. The Conference report 
passed the House on July 28, 2005 by a vote of 275 yeas to 156 
nays. On July 29, 2005, the Conference Report was agreed to by 
the Senate by a 74 yeas to 26 nays. On August 8, 2005 the bill 
was signed by the President into Public Law 109-58. (Note: See 
also the discussion under ``D. Oversight. Summaries for July 
21, 2005, Hearing Serial No. 109-12.'')
            Public Law 109-83 (S. 1752, H.R. 3421)
     To amend the United States Grain Standards Act to 
reauthorize the Act (approved September 30, 2005).
     This Act reauthorizes and extends the United States Grain 
Standards Act to facilitate the official inspection at export 
port locations of grain required or authorized to be inspected 
under such Act, and for other purposes through September 30, 
2015.
    Legislative History: H.R. 3421 was introduced by 
Congressman Jerry Moran and it was referred to the Committee on 
Agriculture on July 25, 2005. On July 27, 2005, House Committee 
on Agriculture held a full committee business meeting and 
ordered it reported. S. 1752 was introduced by Senator Saxby 
Chambliss on September 22, 2005. The bill was read twice, 
considered, read the third time and passed without amendment by 
unanimous consent. On September 26, 2005, the bill was received 
in the House. On September 28, 2005, the House passed the bill 
by a voice vote. On September 30, 2005, the bill was signed by 
the President into law as Public Law 109-83. (Note.-- See also 
the discussion under ``D. Oversight. Summaries for May 24, 
2005, Hearing Serial No. 109-8.'')
            Public Law 109-154 (H.R. 2875, S. 1238)
    To amend the Public Lands Crop Act of 1993 to provide for 
the conduct of projects that protect forests, and for other 
purposes (approved December 30, 2005).
    The Act permits the Secretary of Agriculture, in the case 
of National Forest System land, or the Secretary of the 
Interior, in the case of Indian lands, Hawaiian home lands, or 
lands administered by the Department of the Interior to enter 
into contracts and cooperative agreements in order to give 
favor to qualified youth or conservation groups located in 
certain areas with a sizeable number of members who are 
economically, physically, or educationally disadvantaged to 
perform the project. The Act also gives the Secretary the 
authority to approve suitable conservation and other projects 
to be completed on Federal, State, local, or private land as 
part of a Federal disaster prevention or relief effort. The Act 
alters the conditions for the establishment and use of 
conservation centers as well, and the Act authorizes the 
Secretary to provide any appropriate services, facilities, 
equipment, supplies, technical assistance, oversight, 
monitoring, or evaluations to carry out the Act. It authorizes 
the Secretary provide each participant of the Public Lands 
Corps with a living allowance and for the time served can be 
used toward future Federal hiring.
    Legislative History: On June 14, 2005, H.R. 2875 was 
introduced by Representative Walden and referred to the House 
Committee on Resources and additionally to the Committees on 
Agriculture and Education and the Workforce. S. 1238 was 
introduced in the Senate and referred to the Committee on 
Energy and Natural Resources. On July 20, 2005, Senate Hearing 
held for S. 1238, S. Hrg. 109-157. On October 19, 2005, S. 1238 
was reported with amendments, report No. 109-152, and is placed 
on the Senate Legislative Calendar, Calendar No. 244. On 
November 7, 2005, H.R. 2875 was reported and amended, H. Rept. 
109-273 Part 1, and placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar no. 
149. On November 16, 2005, S. 1238 was considered, amended, and 
passed by the Senate by Unanimous Consent. On November 19, 
2005, S. 1238 was received in the House. On December 19, 2005, 
S. 1238 was considered by the House and passed by Unanimous 
Consent. On December 30, 2005, S. 1238 was signed by the 
President and became Public Law No: 109-154.
            Public Law 109-171, (S. 1932, H.R. 4241)
    To provide for reconciliation pursuant to section 202(a) of 
the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2006 
(H.Con.Res. 95) (approved February 8, 2006).
    Title I of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 amends the 
Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 to revise the 
national dairy market loss payment formula by decreasing the 
multiplier for the periods beginning on (1) October 1, 2005, 
and ending on August 31, 2007; and (2) September 1, 2007. 
Extends the sign-up and contract periods through September 30, 
2007. Reduces advance payments for peanuts and for covered 
commodities to: (1) 40 percent for crop year 2006; and (2) 22 
percent for crop year 2007. Repeals authority to issue upland 
cotton user marketing certificates.
    This title amends the Food Security Act of 1985 to (1) 
extend the Conservation Security Program authority through 
fiscal year 2011; and (2) extend and increase Commodity Credit 
Corporation (CCC) funding for such program. It further amends 
the Environmental quality incentives program to (1) extend 
program authority through fiscal year 2010; (2) apply the 
aggregate payment limitation to any 6-year period. (Currently, 
such limitation applies to fiscal year 2002-07); and (3) set 
forth specified funding provisions for fiscal year 2007-09, and 
for fiscal year 2010.
    Title I also amends the Farm Security and Rural Investment 
Act of 2002 to reduce fiscal year 2007 funding for the 
renewable energy systems and energy efficiency improvements 
program. It cancels authority to obligate funds previously made 
available for expanded access to broadband telecommunications 
services in rural areas unobligated as of October 1, 2006, as 
of that date. The Deficit Reduction Act also cancels authority 
to obligate funds previously made available for value-added 
agricultural product market development grants unobligated as 
of October 1, 2006, as of that date. Furthermore, title I 
terminates rural business investment program funding, cancels 
authority to obligate funds previously made available for such 
program unobligated as of October 1, 2006, cancels authority to 
obligate funds previously made available for rural business 
strategic investment grants unobligated as of October 1, 2006, 
as of that date, terminates rural firefighters and emergency 
personnel grant authority after fiscal year 2006, and cancels 
authority to obligate funds previously made available for such 
program unobligated as of October 1, 2006, as of that date.
    The measure also amends the Agricultural Research, 
Extension, and Education Reform Act of 1998 to eliminate 
fiscale year 2007-09 CCC transfer funding for the Initiative 
for Future Agriculture and Food Systems, while providing funds 
available for a 2-year period from the date of transfer, except 
for fiscal year 2006 funds which shall be available for a 1-
year period beginning on October 1, 2005.
    Legislative History: Pursuant to the instructions contained 
in H.Con.Res. 95, the Concurrent Resolution on the Budget_
fiscal year 2006, the Committee on Agriculture submitted its 
recommendations to the Committee on the Budget on November 1, 
2005. These recommendations were included in H.R. 4241 as 
reported by the Committee on the Budget, H.Rept. 109-281. On 
November 18, 2005, H.R. 4241 passed the House by a vote of 217 
yeas to 215 nays. The House, also on this same date, took from 
the Speaker's desk the companion bill, S. 1932, which had 
passed the Senate by a vote of 52 yeas to 47 nays, on November 
3, 2005, struck all after the enacting clause and inserted the 
text of H.R. 4241 as passed by the House. On December 14, 2005, 
the Senate disagreed to the House amendment, requested a 
conference and appointed conferees. On December 16, 2005, the 
House appointed conferees. On December 19, 2006, Conference 
Report 109-362 was filed in the House and passed by a vote of 
212 yeas to 206 nays. On December 21, 2005, two points of order 
was sustained against the Conference Report in the Senate, 
therefore by operation of the Budget Act, the Conference Report 
was defeated. However, the Senate then concurred in the House 
amendment with an amendment to S. 1932, by a vote of 51 yeas to 
50 nays. On February 1, 2006, the House agreed to the Senate 
amendment to the House amendment to S. 1932. On February 8, 
2006, the President signed S. 1932 into Public Law 109-171.
            Public Law 109-215 (S. 2120)
    To ensure regulatory equity between and among all dairy 
farmers and handlers for sales of packaged fluid milk in 
federally regulated ilk marketing areas and into certain non-
federally regulated milk marketing areas from federally 
regulated areas, and for other purposes. (approved March 28, 
2005).
    The Act provides that minimum milk price and exemption 
provisions under this Act shall not be construed as affecting, 
expanding, or contracting the treatment of producer-handlers 
except as provided for by such provisions.
    Legislative History: S. 2120 was introduced by Senator Kyl 
on December 16, 2005, and passed without amendment, by 
unanimous consent. In the House, the bill was referred to the 
Agriculture Committee. On March 28, 2005, the House considered 
it under suspension of the rules. The bill passed by a vote of 
285 yeas and 128 nays. On April 11, 2005, the bill was signed 
by the President into Public Law 109-215.
            Public Law 109-296 (H.R. 3408/S. 1613)
    To reauthorize the Livestock Mandatory Reporting Act of 
1999 and to amend the swine reporting provisions of that Act 
(approved October 5, 2006).
    Livestock Mandatory Price Reporting was first passed in 
1999 to address producers' concerns about low livestock prices, 
industry concentration, and the availability of accurate market 
information. The program expired on September 30, 2005 and was 
operating on a voluntary basis. The House bill (H.R. 3408) 
extends the program for 5 years and amends hog reporting 
provisions, while the Senate bill (S. 1613) was a 1-year 
extension.
    Legislative History: H.R. 3408 was introduced by Chairman 
Bob Goodlatte on July 22, 2005, and referred to the Committee 
on Agriculture. On July 27, 2005, the Committee on Agriculture 
ordered reported H.R. 3408, as amended, by a voice vote. On 
September 14, 2005, H.R. 3408 passed the House, amended, under 
suspension of the rules by a voice vote. On September 15, 2005, 
H.R. 3408 was received in the Senate, but was not referred to 
the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry 
until October 7, 2005. S. 1613 was introduced by Senator Chuck 
Grassley and referred to the Senate Committee on Agriculture, 
Nutrition, and Forestry on September 6, 2005. On September 13, 
2005, S. 1613 was discharged by the Senate Committee on 
Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry and the bill was then 
passed by Senate by unanimous consent without amendment. On 
September 14, 2005, S. 1613 was received by the House and held 
at the desk. On September 20, 2006, H.R. 3408 was discharged 
from further consideration of the Senate Committee on 
Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry and passed by the Senate 
by unanimous consent. On October 5, 2006, the bill was signed 
by the President into Public Law 109-296.
            Public Law 109-320 (H.R. 2720/S. 177)
    To further the purposes of the Reclamation Projects 
Authorization and Adjustment Act of 1992 by directing the 
Secretary of the Interior, acting through the Commissioner of 
Reclamation, to carry out an assessment and demonstration 
program to control salt cedar and Russian olive, and for other 
purposes (approved October 11, 2006).
    The Act directs the Secretary of the Interior, acting 
through the Commissioner of Reclamation and the Director of the 
U.S. Geological Survey, to carry out a salt cedar and Russian 
olive assessment and demonstration program to (1) assess the 
extent of the infestation by salt cedar and Russian olive trees 
in the western United States; (2) demonstrate strategic 
solutions for the long-term management of such trees and the 
reestablishment of native vegetation; and (3) assess economic 
means to dispose of biomass created as a result of removal of 
those trees. This measure also directs the Secretary of the 
Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture to enter into a 
memorandum of understanding for the administration of such a 
program.
    Legislative History: S. 177 was introduced by Senator 
Domenici on January 26, 2006, and referred to the Senate 
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. The Senate Committee 
on Energy and Natural Resources reported S. 177 without 
amendment, on March 7, 2005, S. Rept. 109-15. H.R. 2720 was 
introduced by Representative Pearce on May 26, 2005, and 
referred to the Committee on Resources and in addition to the 
Committee on Agriculture. On December 13, 2005, H.R. 2720 was 
reported, without amendment, by the Committee on Resources, 
H.Rept. 109-341 pt. 1, and the Committee on Agriculture was 
discharged. On May 2, 2006, H.R. 2720 passed the House, without 
amendment, by a voice vote, under suspension of the rules. On 
May 3, 2006, H.R. 2720 was received in the Senate and held at 
the desk. On September 29, 2006, H.R. 2720 passed the Senate, 
without amendment, by unanimous consent. On October 11, 2006, 
H.R. 2720 was signed by the President into Public Law 109-320.
            Public Law 109-382 (S. 4001)
    To designate certain land in New England as wilderness for 
inclusion in the National Wilderness Preservation system and 
certain land as a National Recreation Area, and for other 
purposes (approved December 1, 2006).
    The New England Wilderness Act of 2006 designates specified 
Federal lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service in the White 
Mountain National Forest area of New Hampshire as wilderness 
areas and as components of the National Wilderness Preservation 
System (lands to be known as the Wild River Wilderness and 
lands to be incorporated in the Sandwich Range Wilderness).
    The Act also designates specified Federal lands managed by 
the Forest Service in Vermont as wilderness areas and National 
Wilderness Preservation System components (lands to be known as 
the Glastenbury Wilderness, the Joseph Battell Wilderness, the 
Breadloaf Wilderness, the Bye Brook Wilderness, the Peru Peak 
Wilderness, and the Big Branch Wilderness). The measure 
requires the Forest Service to allow the continuance of 
Appalachian National Scenic Trail, the Long Trail, the 
Catamount Trail, and the marking and maintenance of associated 
trails structures consistent with the management direction 
established under the Green Mountain National Forest Land and 
Resource Management Plan.
    The Act also designated specified Federal lands managed by 
the Forest Service in Vermont as the Moosalamoo National 
Recreation Area. Directs the Secretary of Agriculture, acting 
through the Chief of the Forest Service, to administer the Area 
in accordance with laws applicable to National Forest System 
units and the management direction established for the 
Moosalamoo Recreation and Education Management Area under such 
Management Plan.
    Legislative History: S. 4001 was introduced by Senator 
Sununu on September 29, 2006, and passed by the Senate without 
amendment. On that same date the bill was received in the House 
and referred to the Committee on Resources and in addition to 
the Committee on Agriculture. On November 15, 2006, S. 4001 
passed the House, without amendment, under suspension of the 
rules by a voice vote. On December 1, 2006, S. 4001 was signed 
by the President into Public Law 109-382.
            Public Law 109-387 (H.R. 4559)
    To provide for the conveyance of certain National Forest 
System land to the towns of Laona and Wabeno, Wisconsin, to 
authorize the Secretary of Agriculture to convey certain 
isolated parcels of National Forest System land in Florence and 
Langlade Counties, Wisconsin, and for other purposes (approved 
December 12, 2006.)
    The Act directs the Secretary of Agriculture to convey two 
specified parcels of National Forest System land in Forest 
County, Wisconsin, to the towns of Laona and Wabeno, at their 
request, for use as industrial park sites in exchange for the 
appraised fair market value of the parcels.
    The Act also authorizes the Secretary to sell specified 
parcels of NFS land located in Florence and Langlade counties, 
Wisconsin, for fair market value. The measure makes the 
proceeds available to the Secretary to acquire land for 
inclusion in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.
    Legislative History: H.R. 4559 was introduced by 
Representative Mark Green on December 15, 2005, and referred to 
the Committee on Agriculture. On September 21, 2006, H.R. 4559 
was ordered reported, amended, to the House by the Committee on 
Agriculture. On September 26, 2006, H.R. 4559 passed the House, 
as amended, under suspension of the rules by a voice vote. On 
September 27, 2006, H.R. 4559 was received in the Senate. On 
November 16, 2006, the bill passed the Senate, without 
amendment, by unanimous consent clearing the measure for the 
President. On December 12, 2006, H.R. 4559 was signed by the 
President into P.L. 109-387.
            Public Law 109-389 (H.R. 5103)
    To provide for the conveyance of the former Konnarock 
Lutheran Girls School in Smyth County, Virginia, which is 
currently owned by the United States and administered by the 
Forest Service, to facilitate the restoration and reuse of the 
property, and for other purposes (approved December 12, 2006).
    The Act directs the Secretary of Agriculture to convey 
property in the Jefferson National Forest, Smyth County, 
Virginia, containing the former Konnarock Luteran Girls School 
to the Evangelical Lutheran Coalition for Mission in 
Appalachia.
    Legislative History: H.R. 5103 was introduced by 
Representative Rick Boucher on April 5, 2006, and referred to 
the Committee on Agriculture. On September 21, 2006, H.R. 5103 
was ordered reported, as amended, by the Committee on 
Agriculture by a voice vote. On September 26, 2006, H.R. 5103 
passed the House, as amended, under suspension of the rules by 
a voice vote. On September 27, 2006, H.R. 5103 was received in 
the Senate. On November 16, 2006, the bill passed the Senate, 
without amendment, by unanimous consent, clearing the measure 
for the President. On December 12, 2006, the bill was signed by 
President into P.L. 109-389.
            Public Law 109-467 (S. 4093)
    To amend the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 
to extend a suspension of limitation on the period for which 
certain borrowers are eligible for guaranteed assistance 
(approved December 22, 2006).
    The Act will modify the expiration date of a provision of 
the 2002 farm bill dealing with farm credit so that it expires 
concurrent with the rest of the farm bill. Currently, a 
provision of the farm bill dealing with guaranteed loans for 
farmers and ranchers expires on December 31, 2006. The rest of 
the farm bill however, does not begin to expire until September 
30, 2007.
    Legislative History: S. 4093 was introduced by Senator Tom 
Harkin on December 6, 2006, read twice in the Senate, read the 
third time, and then passed without amendment by unanimous 
consent. On December 7, 2006, S. 2093 was held at the desk in 
the House. On December 8, 2006, S. 2093 passed the House, 
without amendment, by unanimous consent. On December 22, 2006, 
the bill was signed by the President into Public Law 467.

Other Laws

    Several bills acted on by other authorizing committees, but 
not acted on by the Committee on Agriculture, were enacted with 
provisions relating to matters within the committee's 
jurisdiction. Following are abbreviated summaries of these 
bills, including some of the relevant provisions:

Legislative Matters

    Public Law 109-8 (S. 256)
    To amend title 11 of the United States Code, and for other 
purposes (approved April 20, 2005).
    Chapter 12 is a specialized form of bankruptcy relief 
available only to a family farmer with regular annual income. 
This form of bankruptcy relief permits eligible family farmers, 
under the supervision of a bankruptcy trustee to reorganize 
their debts pursuant to a repayment plan. The special 
attributes of chapter 12 make it better suited to meet the 
particularized needs of family farmers in financial distress 
than other forms of bankruptcy relief, such as chapter 11 
(business reorganization) and chapter 13 (individual 
reorganization).
     The Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection 
Act of 2005 amends the Omnibus Consolidated and Emergency 
Supplemental Appropriations Act, 1999, as amended, to 
permanently extend, the reenactment of chapter 12 of the 
Federal Bankruptcy Code (Adjustment of Debts of a Family Farmer 
with Regular Annual Income) thereby extending family farmer 
bankruptcy relief.
    Legislative History: S. 256 was introduced by Senator Chuck 
Grassley on February 1, 2005. The bill was read twice and 
referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. On February 15, 
2005, the bill was reported by the committee without a written 
report. The bill was considered by the Senate on March 1, March 
2, March 3, March 4, March 7, March 8 and on March 10, 2005, 
and the bill passed Senate with amendments by 74 yeas to 25 
nays. The House received the bill on Mach 14, 2005, and it was 
referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to 
the Committee on Financial Services. On March 16, 2005, the 
House Judiciary ordered the report H. Rept. 109-31 Part I. On 
April 8, 2005, the Committee on Financial Services discharged 
the bill. On April 14, 2005 the bill passed House by a vote of 
302 yeas to 126 nays. On April 20, 2005, the bill was signed by 
the President into Public Law 109-8.
            Public Law 109-19 (H.R. 3021)
    To reauthorize the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families 
block grant program through September 30, 2005 (approved July 
1, 2005).
    The Act will continue the Temporary Assistance for Needy 
Families (TANF) program grants to support welfare program 
programs to States, territories, and Indian tribes, 
supplemental grants provided to certain States, and other 
related provisions. It also will extend funding for mandatory 
child care, abstinence education, and transitional medical 
assistance for this period.
    Legislative History: H.R. 3021 was introduced by 
Congressman Wally Herger on June 22, 2005, and referred to the 
Committee on Ways and Means. On June 29, 2005, the bill passed 
the House under suspension of the rules by a voice vote. On 
July 30, 2005, the bill passed the Senate without amendment by 
unanimous consent. On July 31, 2005, the bill was signed by the 
President into Public Law 109-19.
            Public Law 109-53 (H.R. 3045, S. 1037)
    To implement the Dominican Republic-Central America-United 
States Free Trade Agreement Act (approved August 2, 2005).
    The Act implements the Dominican Republic-Central American-
United States Free Trade Agreement, entered into with the 
governments of Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, 
Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua (CAFTA-DR). It is a 
reciprocal trade agreement that replaces the U.S. unilateral 
preferential trade treatment extended to these 6 countries 
under the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act (CBERA), the 
Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act (CBTPA), and the 
Generalized System of Preferences (GSP). It liberalizes trade 
in goods, services, and government procurement, and addresses 
intellectual property, investment, labor, and environmental 
issues. Most commercial and farm goods attain duty-free status 
immediately. Remaining trade will have tariffs phased out 
incrementally over five to 20 years. Duty-free treatment will 
be delayed longest for the most sensitive agricultural 
products. The agreement also has specific rules such as 
transitional safeguards, tariff rate quotas, and trade capacity 
building to address development and transition issues.
    Legislative History: On June 23, 2005, H.R. 3045 was 
introduced in the House, and S. 1307 was introduced in the 
Senate. On June 30, 2005, S. 1307 was considered and passed in 
the Senate by a vote of 54 yeas to 45 nays. On July 25, 2005, 
H.R. 3045 was reported by the Committee on Ways and Means, H. 
Rept. 109-182. On July 27, 2005, H.R. 3045 was considered and 
passed in the House by a vote of 217 yeas to 215 nays. On July 
28, 2005, H.R. 3045 was received in the Senate and placed on 
the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 180. It was also considered 
and passed in the Senate by a vote of 55 yeas to 44 nays. On 
August 2, 2005, President Bush signed H.R. 3045 into Public Law 
No. 109-53. On August 31, 2005, the Senate Committee on Finance 
filed S. Rept. 109-128 to accompany S. 1307.
            Public Law 109-169 (H.R. 4340, S. 2027)
    To implement the United States-Bahrain Free Trade Agreement 
(approved January 11, 2006).
    The U.S.-Bahrain Free Trade Agreement intends to offer a 
new market access for U.S. consumer, industrial, and 
agricultural products. The committee's focus is the proposed 
expansion of U.S. agricultural product exports to Bahrain, 
which have ranged from $35 million in 2001 and $22 million in 
2004. U.S. commodities that could benefit from this include 
meats, fruits and vegetables, cereals, and dairy products. In 
the immediate future, Bahrain will provide duty-free access for 
U.S. agricultural exports for 98 percent of agricultural 
tariffs. Within 10 years of the agreement, Bahrain will phase 
out the tariffs that remain on alcohol and tobacco. At the 
beginning of the 10th year, tariffs on U.S. alcohol and tobacco 
exported to Bahrain will cease. One requirement of the 
Agreement concentrates on rules of origin for agricultural 
products. This guarantees that there will not be challenges to 
the Agreement in regards to third-country inputs in the 
production sensitive products in Bahrain.
    Legislative History: On November 16, 2005, Representative 
Roy Blunt introduced H.R. 4340 by request. H.R. 4340 was 
referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means that same 
day. Also on November 16, 2005, Senator Grassley introduced S. 
2027, which was referred to the Committee on Finance. On 
December 6, 2005, H.R. 4340 was placed on the Union Calendar, 
Calendar No. 171, and the Committee on Ways and Means reported 
H. Rept. 109-318 without amendment. On December 7, 2005, H.R. 
4340 was considered and passed in the House by a vote of 327 
yeas to 95 nays. On December 8, 2005, the Senate Committee on 
Finance reports No. 109-199 and S. 2027 was placed on the 
Senate Legislative Calendar, Calendar No. 306. On December 12, 
2005 H.R. 4340 was received in the Senate and placed on the 
Senate Legislative Calendar, Calendar No. 322. On December 13, 
2005 H.R. 4340 was passed in Senate without amendment by 
unanimous consent and cleared for the White House. On January 
11, 2006, H.R. 4340 was signed by the President into Public Law 
No. 109-169.
            Public Law 109-374 (S. 3880)
    To provide the Department of Justice the necessary 
authority to apprehend, prosecute, and convict individual 
committing animal enterprise terror (approved November 27, 
2006).
    The Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act amends the Federal 
criminal code to revise criminal prohibitions against damaging 
or interfering with the operations of an animal enterprise to 
include intentional damage or loss to any real or personal 
property and intentional threats of death or serious bodily 
injury against individuals (or their family members, spouses, 
or intimate partners) who are involved with animal enterprises. 
Expands such crime to include conspiracies and attempts. 
Revises and increases monetary and criminal penalties for such 
crime.
    The measure also modifies the definition of ``animal 
enterprise'' to include (1) an enterprise that uses or sells 
animals or animal products for profit for educational purposes; 
and (2) an animal shelter, pet store, breeder, or furrier.
    Legislative History: S. 3880 was introduced by Senator 
Inhofe on September 8, 2006, and referred to the Senate 
Committee on Judiciary. On September 30, 2006, S. 3880 passed 
the Senate with an amendment by unanimous consent. On November 
13, 2006, the bill was referred to the House Committee on 
Judiciary and passed by the House, without amendment, under 
suspension of the rules by a voice vote. On November 27, 2006, 
the President signed S. 3880 into Public Law 109-374.

Appropriations

            Public Law 109-54 (H.R. 2361)
    Making appropriations for the Department of Interior, 
Environmental Protection Agency, and Related Agencies for the 
fiscal year ending September 30, 2006 (approved August 2, 
2005).
    The Department of Interior and Related Agencies 
Appropriations Act, 2006, reduced Forest Service funding to 
$4.3 billion, a roughly 11 percent cut from the previous fiscal 
year.
    Legislative History: H.R. 2361 was introduced and reported, 
H. Rept. 109-80, by Representative Charles Taylor on May 13, 
2005. On May 19, 2005, the House passed H.R. 2361, by vote of 
329 yeas and 89 nays. On June 10, 2005, the Senate reported on 
H.R. 2361 with an amendment in the nature of a substitute with 
written report No. 109-80. The Senate considered and passed 
H.R. 2361 with 94 yeas and 0 nays on June 29, 2005. On that 
same day, the Senate requested a conference. On July 26, 2005, 
House disagreed to Senate amendments and agrees to a 
conference. On the same day, the conference agreed to file 
conference report H. Rept. 109-188. The Rules Committee 
Resolution H. Res. 392 was reported and considered by the House 
on July 27, 2005. On July 28, 2005, Rule H. Res. 392 was passed 
by the House. On that same day, the House agreed to the 
conference report by 410 yeas to 10 nays. On July 29, 2005, the 
conference report was considered and passed by the Senate with 
99 yeas and 1 Nay. On August 2, 2005, the act was signed by the 
president and became Public Law 109-54.
            Public Law 109-97(H.R. 2744)
    Making appropriations for Agriculture, Rural Development, 
Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies for the 
fiscal year ending September 30, 2006, and for other purposes 
(approved November 10, 2005).
    The Act known as the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food 
and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations 
Act of 2006 includes funding for all of the USDA (except the 
Forest Service), the Food and Drug Administration, and the 
Commodity Futures Trading Commission. The law provides $15.0 
billion above fiscal year 2005 levels, and contains $17.03 
billion in discretionary spending and $83.07 billion for 
mandatory programs.
    The Act also postpones country of origin labeling (COOL) 
until 2008 and expands the scope of the delay to include not 
only beef, but also lamb, pork, fresh fruits and vegetables, 
and peanuts. Furthermore, the Act prohibits the use of Federal 
funds to pay for the inspection of horses destined for human 
food.
    7The National Organic Program was also amended by the Act 
in response to a recent court decision on organic standards 
that prohibits the use of synthetic substances and non-organic 
feed.
    Legislative History: H.R. 2744 was introduced and reported 
as an original measure by Representative Henry Bonilla on June 
2, 2005. See House Report 109-102. On June 8, 2005, the bill 
passed the House, as amended, by a vote of 408 yeas to 18 nays. 
On June 27, 2005, the Senate Appropriations reported the 
measure, amended. See Senate Report 109-92. On September 2, 
2005, H.R. 2744 passed the Senate, amended, by a vote of 97 
yeas to 2 nays. On that same date, the Senate insisted on its 
amendment, requested a conference and appointed conferees. On 
October 19, 2005, the House disagreed to the Senate amendment, 
agreed to a conference and appointed conferees. Conference 
Report 109-255 was filed in the House on October 26, 2005. On 
October 28, 2005, the Conference Report passed the House by a 
vote of 318 yeas to 63 nays. On November 3, 2005, the 
Conference Report passed the Senate by a vote of 81 yeas to 18 
nays. On November 10, 2005, H.R. 2744 was signed by the 
President into Public Law 109-97.
            Public Law 109-102 (H.R. 3057)
    Making appropriations for Foreign Operations, Exports 
Financing, and Related Programs for the fiscal year ending 
September 30, 2006, and for other purposes (approved November 
14, 2005).
    The Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related 
Programs Appropriations Act of 2006 makes fiscal year 2006 
appropriations for (1) the Export-Import Bank, including the 
Office of Inspector General, direct and guaranteed loan and 
insurance programs, and administrative expenses; (2) Overseas 
Private Investment Corporation credit and insurance programs, 
including administrative expenses and for the cost of direct 
and guaranteed loans, (and authority to undertake programs 
under title IV of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 on Iraq; 
(3) the Trade and Development Agency; (4) expenses of the 
President in carrying out certain programs under the Foreign 
Assistance Act of 1961; (5) the United States Agency for 
International Development (USAID) for child survival, 
nutrition, and disease programs, including HIV/AIDS.
    Section 565 of title V of the bill as introduced in the 
House was of interest to the Committee on Agriculture because 
this section granted the authority to the President of United 
States to reduce debt owned to the Commodity Credit Corporation 
by poor countries. On June 28, 2005, a point of order was 
sustained against section 565, in that it violates House Rule 
XXI Clause 2 by changing existing law and inserts legislative 
language in an appropriations bill. However, the provision was 
added back in conference and therefore became public law.
    Legislative History: H.R. 3057 was introduced and reported 
as an original measure, H. Rept. 109-152, by Representative Jim 
Kolbe on June 24, 2005. On June 28, 2005, the bill passed the 
House, amended, by a vote of 393 yeas and 32 nays. H.R. 3057 
was received in the Senate, read twice and referred to the 
Committee on Appropriations on June 29, 2005. On June 30, 2005, 
the Senate Appropriations Committee reported favorably H.R. 
3057 with an amendment in the nature of a substitute, S.Rept. 
109-96. The Senate considered and passed H.R. 3057 with 98 yeas 
and 1 nay on July 20, 2005. On that same day, the Senate 
requested a conference. On October 27, 2005 the House disagreed 
to Senate amendments and agreed to a conference. On November 2, 
2005, Conference Report H. Rept. 109-265 was filed in the 
House. On November 3, 2005, the House agreed to the conference 
report by 358 yeas to 39 nays. On November 10, 2005 the 
conference report was considered and passed by the Senate with 
91 yeas to 0 nays. On November 14, 2005, the President signed 
H.R. 3057 into Public Law 109-102.
            Public Law 109-148 (H.R. 2863)
    Making appropriations for the Department of Defense for the 
fiscal year ending September 30, 2006, and for other purposes 
(approved December 30, 2005).
    The Department of Defense, Emergency Supplemental 
Appropriations to Address Hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico, and 
Pandemic Influenza Act, 2006 provided $1.17 billion in 
supplemental funding in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and 
Rita. This includes $1.076 billion for agriculture hurricane 
assistance, and $94 million for USDA avian influenza activities 
in preparation for a possible U.S. outbreak of avian flu. The 
cost of this supplemental was offset by transferring existing 
supplemental funds from FEMA, by a government-wide 1 percent 
recession of discretionary spending, and by additional 
rescissions to various accounts, including $66.1 million from 
USDA.
    The $1.076 billion in hurricane assistance for USDA 
included:
    $404 million for a new Emergency Forestry Conservation 
ReserveProgram (to compensate private, non-industrial forest 
landowners who experienced large hurricane losses, for retiring 
their land);
    $300 million for the Emergency Watershed Protection 
Program;
    $200 million for the Emergency Conservation Program; and
    $118 million for various rural development (housing and 
infrastructure) programs.
    The $94 million for USDA avian influenza activities 
included:
    $71.5 million for Animal and Plant Health Inspection 
Service (APHIS) detection and response activities; and
    $11.4 million for the Office of the Secretary, and the 
balance allocated to research agencies.
    Legislative History: H.R. 2863 was introduced and reported 
as an original measure by Representative Bill Young on June 10, 
2005. See House Report 109-119. On June 20, 2005, the bill 
passed the House, amended, by a vote of 398 yeas to 19 nays. On 
September 29, 2005, the Senate Committee reported, H.R. 2863, 
with amendment in the nature of a substitute, S. Rept. 109-141. 
On October 7, 2005, H.R. 2863 passed the Senate, amended, by a 
vote of 97 yeas to 0 nays. On that same date, the Senate 
insisted on its amendment, requested a conference and appointed 
conferees. On December 14, 2005, the House agreed to a 
conference and appointed conferees. On December 18, 2005, 
Conference Report 109-359 was filed in the House with its 
passage occurring on December 19, 2006 by a vote of 308 yeas to 
106 nays and 2 voting present. On that same date the Senate 
passed the Conference Report by a vote of 94 yeas to 1 nay. On 
December 30, 2005, the President signed H.R. 2863 into Public 
Law 109-148.
    Public Law 109-234(H.R. 4939)
    Making emergency supplemental appropriations for the fiscal 
year ending September 30, 2006, and for other purposes 
(approved June 15, 2006).
    The Act known as the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations 
Act for Defense, the Global War on Terror, and Hurricane 
Recovery of 2006, provided $982 million in supplemental funding 
for USDA programs, including $632 million as a second phase of 
agricultural assistance for farmers, ranchers and producers 
affected by gulf Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The Act also 
includes $350 million for additional overseas food aid through 
P.L. 480 title II grants.
    The $632 million is provided exclusively to the hurricane-
affected Gulf States, including $500 million for commodity 
losses:
          $140 million for the Livestock Assistance program;
          $100 million for the Emergency Forestry Conservation 
        Reserve Program;
          $95 million for fruits, vegetables, and nursery 
        products;
          $80 million for sugar cane losses;
          $35 million for the tree assistance program;
          $17 million for dairy;
          $15 million for cottonseed;
          $8 million for aquaculture; and
          $10 million for USDA administrative expenses.
    The remaining $132 million for hurricane disaster 
assistance was allocated to:
          $51 million for watershed restoration;
          $26 million for rural development; and
          $55 million for USDA to repair its own damaged 
        facilities.
    Legislative History: H.R. 4939 was introduced and reported 
as an original measure by Representative Jerry Lewis on March 
13, 2006. See House Report 109-388. On March 16, 2006, the bill 
passed the House, as amended, by a vote of 348 yeas to 71 nays. 
On April 5, the Senate reported H.R. 4939, with amendment in 
the nature of a substitute, S.Rept. 109-230. On May 4, 2006, 
H.R. 4939 passed the Senate, as amended, by a vote of 77 yeas 
to 21 nays. On that same date, the Senate also insisted on its 
amendment, requested a conference and appointed conferees. On 
May 23, 2006, the House disagreed to the Senate amendment, 
agreed to a conference and appointed conferees. On June 8, 
2006, Conference Report 109-494 was filed in the House. On June 
13, 2006, the Conference reported passed the House by a vote of 
351 yeas to 67 nays. On June 15, 2006 the Conference Report 
passed the Senate by a vote of 98 yeas to 1 nay. On that same 
day, the President signed H.R. 4939 into Public Law 109-234.
            Public Law 109-289 (H.R. 5631)
    Making appropriations for the Department of Defense for the 
fiscal year ending September 30, 2007, and for other purposes--
Division B: Continuing Appropriations Resolution for fiscal 
year 2007.
    Public Law 109-289 was originally introduced as H.R. 5631, 
by Mr. Young of the Committee on Appropriations, on June 16, 
2006. On June 20, 2006, the resolution passed the House by a 
vote of 407 yeas to 19 nays. On July 25, 2006, the resolution 
was agreed to in the Senate with an amendment by a vote of 98 
yeas to 0 nays. Division B: Continuing Appropriations 
Resolution for fiscal year 2007 was included in the conference 
report to H.R. 5631, H. Rept. 109-676, and was passed by the 
House on September 26, 2006 by a vote of 394 yeas to 22 nays. 
The Senate passed the conference report on September 29, 2006 
by a vote of 100 yeas to 0 nays. H. Rept. 109-676 was signed by 
the President on September 29, 2006 and Became Public Law No: 
109-289.
    Public Law 109-289 (Division B), appropriates amounts for 
continuing operations, projects, or activities which were 
conducted in fiscal year 2006 and for which appropriations, 
funds, or other authority would be made available in: (1) the 
Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, 
and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2007; (2) the Energy 
and Water Development Appropriations Act, 2007 (in the House of 
Representatives) or the Energy and Water Appropriations Act, 
2007 (in the Senate); (3) the Foreign Operations, Export 
Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2007 (in 
the House) or the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and 
Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2007 (in the Senate); (4) 
the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2007; 
(5) the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related 
Agencies Appropriations Act, 2007; (6) the Departments of 
Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related 
Agencies Appropriations Act, 2007; (7) the Legislative Branch 
Appropriations Act, 2007; (8) the Military Construction, 
Military Quality of Life and Veterans Affairs Appropriations 
Act, 2007 (in the House) or the Military Construction and 
Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2007 
(in the Senate); (9) the Science, State, Justice, Commerce, and 
Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2007 (in the House) or the 
Departments of Commerce and Justice, Science, and Related 
Agencies Appropriations Act, 2007 (in the Senate); and (10) the 
Transportation, Treasury, Housing and Urban Development, the 
Judiciary, the District of Columbia, and Independent Agencies 
Appropriations Act, 2007 (in the House) or the Transportation, 
Treasury, Housing and Urban Development, the Judiciary, and 
Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2007 (in the Senate), and 
the District of Columbia Appropriations Act, 2007 (in the 
Senate).
    Public Law 109-289 (Division B), continues any project or 
activity under such Acts at the current rate for operations or 
the rate permitted by the House and Senate actions, whichever 
is lower, and under the authority and conditions provided in 
applicable appropriations Acts for fiscal year 2006, whenever 
the amount that would be made available or the authority that 
would be granted for such project or activity as passed by the 
House as of October 1, 2006, is the same as the amount or 
authority that would be available or granted under the same or 
other pertinent Act as passed by the Senate as of such date.
    Public Law 109-289 (Division B), also discontinues any 
project or activity if no amount or authority is made available 
or granted for it by the House and Senate actions; requires 
continuation of a project or activity at the current fiscal 
year 2006 rate, or at the lower of the two rates as permitted 
by the action of the two Chambers, if both Chambers permit 
different rates; requires continuation of a project or 
activity, also, at the current fiscal year 2006 rate, or if 
lower at the rate permitted by action of the one Chamber, if 
only one Chamber has passed the pertinent appropriations Act; 
requires continuation at the current fiscal year 2006 rate of 
any project or activity funded for fiscal year 2006 but not 
included in the pertinent appropriations Act for fiscal year 
2007 of the House as of October 1, 2006, if only the House has 
passed that Act for fiscal year 2007; and requires the same 
continuation at the current fiscal year 2006 rate for any 
project or activity whose pertinent appropriations Act for 
fiscal year 2007 has not been passed by either Chamber as of 
October 1, 2006.
    (Section 106) Provides funding under this division until 
the earliest of: (1) enactment of an appropriation for any 
project or activity provided for in this division; (2) 
enactment of the applicable appropriations Act by both Chambers 
without any provision for such project or activity; or (3) 
November 17, 2006.
    (Section 114) Continues through the date specified in 
section 106 certain activities for entitlements and other 
mandatory payments whose budget authority was provided in 
appropriations Acts for fiscal year 2006, and for activities 
under the Food Stamp Act of 1977. Declares that, 
notwithstanding such date, funds shall be available and 
obligations for mandatory payments due on or about November 1 
and December 1, 2006.
    (Section 115) Authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture 
(Secretary) to enter into or renew contracts for 1 year, under 
conditions of the Housing Act of 1949, to provide assistance 
payments to owners of rental, congregate, or cooperative 
housing for persons and families of low income in multifamily 
housing projects.
    (Section 116) Requires the Secretary to continue, through 
the date specified in section 106, the Water and Waste Systems 
Direct Loan Program under the authority and conditions 
(including the borrower's interest rate and fees as of 
September 1, 2006) provided by the Agriculture, Rural 
Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies 
Appropriations Act, 2006. (Note.-- For further action, see the 
discussion of Public Law 109-383 under ``1. Bills Enacted Into 
Law.'')
            Public Law 109-383 (H.J.Res. 102)
    Making further appropriations for the fiscal year 2007, and 
for other purposes.
    Public Law 109-383 was introduced as H.J. Res. 102, by Mr. 
Lewis of the Committee on Appropriations, on December 7, 2006. 
On December 8, 2006, the resolution passed the House by a vote 
of 370 yeas to 20 nays. On December 9, 2006, the resolution was 
agreed to in the Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent. 
H.J. Res. 102 was signed by the President on December 12, 2006 
and Became Public Law No: 109-383.
    P.L. 109-383, amends the Continuing Appropriations 
Resolution, 2007 (Public Law 109-289, division B) to extend 
until February 15, 2007, specified continuing appropriations 
for fiscal year 2007.

2. Bills Acted on by the Committee Included in Other Laws Enacted

    None

3. Bills Vetoed

    None

4. Bills Acted on by Both Houses But Not Enacted

    None

5. Bills Acted on by the House But Not the Senate

            H.J.Res. 96, recognizing the contributions of the Christmas 
                    tree industry to the United States economy and 
                    urging the Secretary of Agriculture to establish 
                    programs to raise awareness of the importance of 
                    the Christmas tree industry.
    H.J.Res. 96 was introduced by Representative Virginia Foxx 
on September 19, 2006, and referred to the Committee on 
Agriculture. On November 14, 2006, H.J.Res. 96 passed the House 
under suspension of the rules by a voice vote. On November 15, 
2006, H.J.Res. 96 was received in the Senate with no further 
action taking place.
    The joint resolution recognizes the contributions of the 
Christmas tree industry to the United States economy.
            H.Con.Res. 438, expressing the sense of the Congress that 
                    continuation of the welfare reforms provided for in 
                    the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity 
                    Reconciliation Act of 1996 should remain a 
                    priority.
    H.Con.Res. 438 was introduced by Representative Clay Shaw 
on June 27, 2006, and referred to the Committee on Ways and 
Means and in addition to the Committees on Energy and Commerce, 
Education and the Workforce, Agriculture, and Financial 
Services. On July 18, 2006, H.Con.Res. 438 passed the House 
under suspension of the rules by a voice vote. On July 19, 
2006, the resolution was referred to the Senate Committee on 
Finance with no further action taking place.
    The concurrent resolution expresses the sense of Congress 
concerning the importance of success in moving families from 
welfare to work, as well as in promotion healthy marriage and 
other means of improving child well-being.
            H.R. 503, To amend the Horse Protection Act to prohibit the 
                    shipping, transporting, moving, delivering, 
                    receiving, possessing, purchasing, selling, or 
                    donation of horses and other equines to be 
                    slaughtered for human consumption, and for other 
                    purposes.
    H.R. 503 was introduced by Representative John Sweeney on 
February 1, 2005, and was referred to the House Committee on 
Energy and Commerce. On July 13, 2006, the bill was referred to 
the Committee on Energy and Commerce and in addition to the 
Committee on Agriculture. On September 6, 2006, the Committee 
on Agriculture reported H.R. 503 adversely, H.Rept. 109-617 pt. 
1, to the House with the recommendation that the bill do not 
pass. The House of Representatives passed the bill by a vote of 
263 yeas to 141 nays with one member voting the present on 
September 7, 2006. The bill was received in the Senate on 
September 8, 2006 and placed on the calendar. However, after 
passage of H.Res. 1011 in the House, the bill was returned for 
technical corrections. On September 19, 2006 the Senate 
received H.R. 503 for a second time and the bill once again was 
placed on the Senate calendar with no further action taking 
place.
    The measure amends the Horse Protection Act of 1970 (15 
U.S.C. 1821) to prohibit the shipping, transporting, moving, 
delivering, receiving, possessing, purchasing, selling, or 
donation of horses and other equines to be slaughtered for 
human consumption, and for other purposes.
    The measure adds two new definitions to the Horse 
Protection Act. It defines ``human consumption'' and 
``slaughter.'' The measure gives the Secretary of Agriculture 
the authority to detain any horse that is suspected of being 
sore or is suspected of being shipped off to a slaughtering 
facility. (Note._See also the discussion under ``D. Oversight. 
Summaries for July 27, 2006, Hearing Serial No. 109-36.'')
            H.R. 585, to require Federal land managers to support, and 
                    to communicate, coordinate, and cooperate with, 
                    designated gateway communities, to improve the 
                    ability of gateway communities to participate in 
                    Federal land management planning conducted by the 
                    Forest Service and agencies of the Department of 
                    the Interior, and to respond to the impacts of the 
                    public use of the Federal lands administered by 
                    these agencies, and for other purposes.
     H.R. 585 was introduced by Representative George 
Radanovich on May 10, 2005, and referred to the Committee on 
Resources and in addition to the Committee on Agriculture. On 
December 6, 2005, H.R. 585 passed the House, as amended, by a 
voice vote under suspension of the rules. On December 12, 2005, 
H.R. 585 was received in the Senate and referred to the 
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. On May 10, 2006, the 
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on 
Public Lands and Forests held a hearing with no further action 
being taken.
    The measure directs the Secretary of the Interior and the 
Secretary of Agriculture to solicit involvement by government 
officials of local gateway communities in the development of 
land use plans, programs, land use regulations, land use 
decisions, transportation plans, general management plans, and 
any other plans, decisions, projects, or policies for Federal 
lands under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service, the 
United States Forest Service, the United States Fish and 
Wildlife Service, and the Bureau of Lands Management which are 
likely to have a significant impact.
            H.R. 586, To preserve the use and access of pack and saddle 
                    stock animals on public lands, including wilderness 
                    areas, national monuments, and other specifically 
                    designated areas, administered by the National Park 
                    Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the United 
                    States Fish and Wildlife Service, or the Forest 
                    Service where there is a historical tradition of 
                    such use, and for other purposes.
    H.R. 586 was introduced by Representative George Radanovich 
on February 2, 2005, and referred to the Committee on 
Resources, and in addition to the Committee on Agriculture. On 
May 15, 2006, Chairman Goodlatte received a letter from 
Congressman Pombo requesting the committee waive further 
consideration of the measure to allow its timely consideration. 
On May 16, 2006, the House motioned to suspend the rules and 
passed the bill by voice vote. On May 17, 2006, the bill was 
received in the Senate, read twice, and referred to the 
Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
    The Right-to-Ride Livestock on Federal Lands Act of 2005 
amends Public Law 91-383 to direct the Secretary of the 
Interior to preserve and facilitate the continued use and 
access of pack and saddle stock animals on parts of National 
Park System lands where there is a historical tradition of such 
use. Directs that as a general rule, all trails, routes, and 
areas used by such animals shall remain open and accessible for 
such use. Allows the Secretary of the Interior to implement a 
proposed reduction in the use and access of pack and saddle 
stock animals on such lands only after complying with the full 
review process required under the National Environmental Policy 
Act of 1969.
            H.R. 975, to provide consistent enforcement authority to 
                    the Bureau of Land Management, the National Park 
                    Service, the United States Fish and Wildlife 
                    Service, and the Forest Service to respond to 
                    violations of regulations regarding the management, 
                    use, and protection of public lands under the 
                    jurisdiction of these agencies, and for other 
                    purposes.
    H.R. 975 was introduced by Representative Thomas Tancredo 
on February 17, 2005, and referred to the Committee on 
Resources and in addition to the Committee on Agriculture. On 
June 14, 2005, H.R. 975 was reported, without amendment, by the 
Committee on Resources, H.Rept. 109-128 pt. 1, and the 
Committee on Agriculture was discharged. On December 13, 2005, 
H.R. 975 passed the House, by a voice vote, under suspension of 
the rules. On December 14, 2005, H.R. 975 was received in the 
Senate and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural 
Resources with no further action being taken.
    The Trail Responsibility and Accountability for the 
Improvement of Lands Act provides consistent laws for the 
violations of provisions under the four land management 
agencies' (Bureau of Land Management, the National Park 
Service, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, and the 
United States Forest Service) enforcement authorities. 
Specifically, the bill would standardize penalty amounts, 
sentences, and other terms for certain misdemeanor violations 
under regulation by these agencies.
    The measure also States that the Secretary of Agriculture 
may issue regulations to protect National Forest System lands 
from wildfire destruction, and that anyone who knowingly 
violates such regulation shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.
            H.R. 4128, a bill entitled the Property Rights Protection 
                    Act of 2005, to prohibit the Federal Government 
                    from exercising its power of eminent domain for 
                    economic development and to use Congress' spending 
                    power to discourage the State and local governments 
                    from using the power of eminent domain for economic 
                    development.
    H.R. 4128 was introduced by Representative James F. 
Sensenbrenner, Jr. on October 25, 2005, and referred to the 
Committee on the Judiciary. On November 3, 2005, H.R. 4128 
passed the House by the yeas and nays: 376-38. The House 
Committee on Agriculture was allowed to control half the time 
allowed for floor debates because the Committee had recently 
reported a similar bill, H.R. 3405, the Strengthening the 
Ownership of Private Property Act of 2005 (STOPP Act of 2005).
    H.R. 3405 was introduced by Representative Henry Bonilla on 
July 22, 2005, and referred to the Committee on Agriculture and 
in addition to the Committees on Transportation, Financial 
Services, Resources, and Education and the Workforce. The 
Committee on Agriculture reported the amended bill on October 
31, 2005. Because the House was considering the similar bill, 
H.R. 4128, no further action was taken on the bill.
    H.R. 3405 prohibits, until the earlier of 2 years after the 
takings prohibited by this Act or the day the property is 
returned to the original owner, Federal financial assistance 
under defined Federal economic development programs to a State 
or local government entity that (1) uses the power of eminent 
domain to take property from a private entity and transfer the 
ownership of, or a leasehold interest in, the property to 
another private entity; or (2) fails to provide, to any person 
displaced from property by the use of the power of eminent 
domain for any economic development purpose, relocation 
assistance under the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real 
Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970. The measure accepts 
from the first clause property taken for (1) use by a public 
utility; (2) a road open to the public or common carriers; (3) 
an aqueduct, pipeline, or similar use; (4) a prison or 
hospital; or (5) any use during and in relation to a national 
emergency or national disaster declared by the President.
    On November 4, 2005, H.R. 4128 was received in the Senate 
and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. The Senate has 
taken no further action on the measure.
    H.R. 4128 prohibits any State or political subdivision from 
exercising its power of eminent domain for economic development 
if that State or political subdivision receives Federal 
economic development funds during the fiscal year. The bill 
defines ``economic development'' as taking private property and 
conveying or leasing it to a private entity for commercial 
enterprise carried on for profit or to increase tax revenue, 
the tax base, employment, or general economic health. It makes 
a State or political subdivision that violates such prohibition 
ineligible for any such funds for two fiscal years. H.R. 4128 
also provides that such a State or political subdivision is not 
ineligible for such funds if it returns all real property that 
was improperly taken and replaces or repairs any property that 
was destroyed or damaged.
    H.R. 4128 prohibits the Federal Government from exercising 
its power of eminent domain for economic development.
    To ensure that injured private persons have recourse for 
takings which are prohibited under this bill, H.R. 4128 
establishes a private cause of action for any private property 
owner who suffers injury as a result of a violation of this 
Act. (Note._See also the discussion under ``D. Oversight. 
Summaries for September 7, 2005, Hearing Serial No. 109-15 and 
the discussion of H.R 3405 under 7. Bills Reported to the House 
But Not Considered.'')
            H.R. 4200, a bill entitled the Forestry Emergency Recovery 
                    and Research Act, to provide for the recovery and 
                    restoration of forest lands damaged by a 
                    catastrophic event when such catastrophic event 
                    effects 1,000 acres or more of forest land.
    H.R. 4200 was introduced by Representative Greg Walden on 
November 2, 2005, and referred to the Committee on Resources 
and additionally to the Committees on Agriculture, and 
Transportation and Infrastructure. On May 4, 2006, the bill was 
reported by the Committee on Resources and discharged by the 
Committees on Agriculture and Transportation and 
Infrastructure. On May 17, 2006 H.R. 4200, as amended, passed 
the House by recorded vote: 243-182. On May 18, 2006 H.R. 4200 
was received in the Senate and referred to the Committee on 
Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry. The Senate has taken no 
further action on the bill.
    H.R. 4200 states that any catastrophic event over 1,000 
acres must be quickly evaluated and restoration recommendations 
must be made. The Secretary may use existing law to address the 
problem, or, if expedited restoration work is needed, emergency 
procedures, requiring thorough environmental review of proposed 
actions but on a shortened time-line, would be available. This 
analysis would be performed by interdisciplinary teams within 
the agencies and would include full public notice and 
participation. In forest types that have been significantly 
researched, pre-approved management practices could be 
implemented immediately after environmental review. Emergency 
reforestation and restoration projects would then commence. 
Administrative appeals and litigation would follow the 
guidelines similar to those established under the Healthy 
Forests Restoration Act (HFRA). Adjacent non-Federal lands 
would also be included in the evaluation when desired by 
tribal, local government, and private landowners. The 
evaluation would determine if expedited reforestation and other 
recovery work are needed in the area and would also identify 
research opportunities.
    The bill also strengthens research methods by (1) requiring 
forest health partnerships with colleges and universities when 
establishing post-catastrophe research projects; (2) requiring 
development of independent, third-party peer reviewed research 
protocols; (3) allowing peer reviewed research projects to be 
established in areas affected by catastrophe; and (4) 
authorizing research projects on Forest Service Experimental 
Forests.
    In addition, the legislation would expand authorized uses 
of several funding sources for both Federal and non-Federal 
land, including annual appropriations, Knutson-Vandenberg, 
Salvage Sale, Forest Ecosystem Health and Recovery, and FEMA 
funds. The Act would also authorize technical assistance from 
Federal employees for non-Federal landowners.
    Finally, H.R. 4200 ensures collaboration with tribes, State 
and local governments, colleges and universities, and other 
interested people. (Note._See also the discussion under ``D. 
Oversight. Summaries for December 7, 2005, Hearing Serial No. 
109-23.'')
            H.R. 4473, a bill to reauthorize and amend the Commodity 
                    Exchange Act to promote legal certainty, enhance 
                    competition, and reduce systemic risk in markets 
                    for futures and over-the-counter derivatives, and 
                    for other purposes.
    H.R. 4473 was introduced by Chairman Bob Goodlatte on 
December 8, 2005, and referred to the Committee on Agriculture 
and in addition to the Committee on Financial Services. On 
December 14, 2005, H.R. 4473 passed the House under suspension 
of the rules by a voice vote. On December 15, 2005, H.R. 4473 
was received in the Senate and placed on the calendar with no 
further action taking place.
    The CFTC Reauthorization Act amends the Commodity Exchange 
Act (CEA) to revise Commodities Futures Trading Commission 
(CFTC) jurisdiction over an agreement, contract, or retail 
transaction in foreign currency.
    H.R. 4473 specifies that CFTC jurisdiction extends to any 
agreement, contract, or transaction in foreign currency that is 
a commodity contract of sale for future delivery or an option 
on such a contract, and is offered to, or entered into with a 
person that is not an eligible contract participant, unless the 
counterparty, or the person offering to be the counterparty, of 
the person is (1) a financial institution; (2) a specified 
broker, dealer, or associated person registered under the 
Securities Exchange Act of 1934; (3) a specified futures 
commission merchant registered under CEA; (4) a specified 
insurance company or affiliate; (5) a financial holding 
company; or (6) an investment bank holding company. The measure 
also extends registration requirements to particular persons 
participating in the solicitation or recommendation of any such 
agreement, contract, or transaction.
    The measure authorizes CFTC to bring anti-fraud actions in 
off-exchange principal-to-principal futures transaction. 
Provides that person shall not be obligated, in connection with 
a covered futures transaction with another person, to disclose 
to such other person nonpublic information that may be material 
to the market price, rate or level of such commodity or 
transaction except as necessary to make any statement not 
materially misleading.
    The measure also directs the agencies represented on the 
President's Working Group on Financial Markets to work to 
ensure that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and 
the CFTC have taken action to permit risk-based portfolio 
margining for security options and security futures products by 
September 30, 2006 and by June 30, 2006, the trading of futures 
on certain security indexes by resolving issues related to debt 
security indexes and foreign security indexes.
    H.R. 4473 also instructs CFTC to increase transparency of 
natural gas prices by conducting surveillance of trading in 
natural gas contracts and a review of the factors that caused 
significant and highly unusual change in the settlement price 
of any physically delivered natural gas futures contract traded 
on a contract market or derivatives transaction execution 
facility. The measure directs CFTC to require any person 
holding, maintaining, or controlling any position in a contract 
of sale of natural gas for future delivery or option on such a 
contract, at or exceeding reportable limits, to maintain and 
provide upon CFTC request records for 5 years regarding the 
position, including any related contract, agreement, or 
transaction in natural gas to which the person is a party.
    The bill increases the civil penalty for specified 
commodity market manipulation-related offenses to $1 million or 
triple the monetary gain for each such violation and increases 
the criminal penalty for specified commodity trading-related 
felonies from five to 10 years imprisonment. (Note._See also 
the discussion under ``D. Oversight. Summaries for March 3, 9, 
2005, Hearing Serial No. 109-2.'')
            H.R. 4761, to provide for exploration, development, and 
                    production activities for mineral resources on the 
                    outer Continental Shelf, and for other purposes.
    H.R. 4761 was introduced by Representative Bobby Jindal on 
February 15, 2006, and referred to the Committee on Resources. 
On June 21, 2006, the Committee on Resources adopted an 
amendment that funds provisions of the Secure Rural Schools and 
Community Self-Determination Act of 2000 from receipts from the 
development of oil and natural gas resources of the outer 
Continental Shelf. The adoption of this amendment would have 
resulted in a sequential referral of the bill, however, after 
an exchange of letters between the respective committees, the 
Committee on Agriculture waived consideration of the bill in 
order to expedite the consideration before the full House. On 
June 26, 2006, H.R. 4761 was reported by the Committee on 
Resources, H.Rept. 109-531. On June 29, 2006, the bill passed 
the House, as amended, by a vote of 232 yeas to 187 nays. On 
July 10, 2006, the bill was received in the Senate with a first 
reading occurring on August 3, 2006, and a second reading 
occurring on September 5, 2006. No further action has taken 
place.
    Section 30 of the H.R. 4761, the Deep Ocean Energy 
Resources Act of 2006 provides $50 million from Outer 
Continental Shelf (OSC) receipts for each of fiscal years 2007 
through 2012 to fund the Secure Rural Schools and Community 
Self-Determination Act (Public Law 106-393). The Secure Rural 
Schools Act provides funding for rural forested counties that 
no longer receive revenues from Federal timber sales due to the 
collapse of the Federal timber program in the 1990's. The 
revenues received by counties are to be used on public 
education and transportation, resources projects on pubic land 
and search, rescue and emergency services. It is intended that 
funding only be provided if the authority to initiate projects 
under the Secure Rural Schools Act (due to expire at the end of 
fiscal year 2006) is reauthorized.
            H.R. 5025, to protect for future generations the 
                    recreational opportunities, forests, timber, clean 
                    water, wilderness and scenic values, and diverse 
                    habitat of Mount Hood National Forest, Oregon, and 
                    for other purposes.
    H.R. 5025 was introduced by Representative Walden on March 
28, 2006, and was referred to the Committee on Resources and in 
addition to the Committee on Agriculture. The bill was ordered 
to be reported from the Resources Committee, as amended, in the 
nature of a substitute, by unanimous consent, on July 19, 2006. 
On July 24, 2006, the bill passed the House, as amended, under 
suspension of the rules by a voice vote. It was received in the 
Senate and read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy 
and Natural Resources on July 25, 2006, with no further action 
taking place.
    The Mount Hood Stewardship Legacy Act designates specified 
wilderness areas in Mount Hood National Forest as wilderness 
and as components of the National Wilderness Preservation 
System. The bill authorizes the Secretary to use funds received 
from the special account established by this Act to support 
recreation purposes related to Mount Hood. The measure also 
directs the Secretary to establish the Mount Hood National 
Forest Recreational Advisory Council.
    The bill sets forth provisions for the consideration of 
Forest Service roads in Mount Hood for conversion to 
recreational uses. H.R. 5025 authorizes the construction of a 
trail in Mount Hood suitable for use by persons with 
disabilities and authorizes and directs the Secretary to work 
with the State of Oregon to develop an integrated, multi-modal 
transportation plan for the Mount Hood region. The bill also 
directs the Secretary to conduct a study regarding a specified 
gondola connection and intermodal transportation center.
    H.R. 5025 requires (1) the development of a forest 
stewardship plan to address those areas of Mount Hood with a 
high incidence of insect or disease infestation (or both), 
heavily overstocked tree stands, or moderate-to-high risk of 
unnatural catastrophic wildfire; and (2) a study to assess the 
amount of sustainable biomass available in Mount Hood. The bill 
authorizes the Secretary to complete memoranda of understanding 
that outline stewardship goals to manage the watersheds of 
Mount Hood. Lastly, H.R. 5025 requires the establishment of (1) 
a Crystal Springs watershed special resources management unit 
in Oregon; and (2) priority-use areas in Mount Hood for the 
gathering of first foods by Indian tribe members with treaty-
reserved gathering rights; requires separate land exchanges; 
(1) involving specified Government Camp and Cooper Spur lands; 
and (2) regarding the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail.
            H.R. 5313, to reserve a small percentage of the amounts 
                    made available to the Secretary of Agriculture for 
                    the farmland protection program to fund challenge 
                    grants to encourage the purchase of conservation 
                    easements and other interests in land to be held by 
                    a State agency, county, or other eligible entity, 
                    and for other purposes.
    H.R. 5313 was introduced by Representative Jim Gerlach on 
May 9, 2006, and referred to the Committee on Agriculture. On 
September 21, 2006 H.R. 5313 was ordered reported, without 
amendment by the Committee on Agriculture. On September 26, 
2006, H.R. 5313 passed the House, without amendment, under 
suspension of the rules by a voice vote. On September 27, 2006, 
the bill was received in the Senate with no further action 
taking place.
    H.R. 5313 known as the Open Space and Farmland Preservation 
Act amends the Farm Security Act of 1985 to direct the 
Secretary of Agriculture to reserve at least 15 percent of 
farmland protection program funds for grants to support 
cooperative efforts by eligible State agencies, counties, or 
other eligible entities to purchase conservation easements and 
other interests in eligible land. The bill further provides 
that the titles to such interests shall be held by eligible 
entities and not the United States.

Other Bills

    Several bills acted on by other authorizing committees, but 
not acted on by the Committee on Agriculture, were enacted with 
provisions relating to matters within the committee's 
jurisdiction. Following are abbreviated summaries of these 
bills, including some of the relevant provisions:

Legislative Matters

            H.R. 1817, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2006 
                    for the Department of Homeland Security, and for 
                    other purposes.
    H.R. 1817 was introduced by Representative Christopher Cox 
on April 26, 2005, and referred to the Committee on Homeland 
Security. On May 3, 2005, the bill was reported, amended, 
H.Rept. 109-71 pt. 1, to the House and sequentially referred to 
the Committees on Energy and Commerce, Government Reform, 
Judiciary, Science, Transportation and Infrastructure, Ways and 
Means, and the Intelligence for a period ending not later than 
May 13, 2005. On May 13, 2005, the bill was reported by the 
Committee on Energy and Commerce, amended, H.Rept. 109-71 pt. 
II and by the Committee on the Judiciary, amended, H.Rept. 109-
71 pt III. On May 18, 2005, the bill passed the House, amended, 
by a vote of 424 yeas to 4 nays. On May 19, 2006, H.R. 1817 was 
received in the Senate and referred to the Senate Committee on 
Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs with no further 
action taking place.
    Section 309 of the Act requires the Secretary to report to 
the House Committee on Homeland Security and the Senate 
Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on how the 
Department of Homeland Security will implement applicable 
recommendations from a GAO report on the protection of 
agriculture from a terrorist attack.
            H.R. 4167, to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic 
                    Act to provide for uniform food safety warning 
                    notification requirements, and for other purposes.
    H.R. 4167 was introduced by Representative Mike Rogers on 
October 27, 2005, and referred to the Committee on Energy and 
Commerce. On February 28, 2006, the bill was reported, without 
amendment, by the Committee on Energy and Commerce, H.Rept. 
109-379. On March 8, 2006, the bill passed the House, amended, 
by a vote of 283 yeas to 139 nays. On March 9, 2006, H.R. 4167 
was referred to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, 
Labor and Pensions. No further action was taken.
    The National Uniformity for Food Act of 2005 amends the 
Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) to prohibit any 
State or political subdivision from establishing or continuing 
in effect for any food in intertate commerce: (1) any 
requirement that is not identical to specified FFDCA provision 
(that does not have substantially the same language and the 
difference would result in the imposition of materially 
different requirements), including those related to adulterated 
foods, unsafe food additives, and new animal drugs; or (2) any 
notification requirement that provides for a warning concerning 
the food's safety that is not identical to FFDCA provisions.
    The measure also allows a State or political subdivision to 
enforce a State law that contains a requirement that is 
identical to a requirement in such FFDCA provisions unless the 
Secretary of Health and Human Services has considered a 
proposal for, and published a determination not to promulgate, 
a regulation relating to such requirement; and current State 
notification or food safety requirements to continue for 180 
days, during which such State may petition for an exemption or 
a new national standard.
    The bill also requires a State to petition for an exemption 
or to establish a national standard regarding any requirement 
under FFDCA or the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act relating to 
food regulation. Allows the Secretary of Health and Human 
Service to provide such an exemption if the requirement: 1) 
protects an important public interest that would otherwise be 
unprotected; 2) would not cause any food to be in violation of 
any Federal law; and 3) would not unduly burden interstate 
commerce. Requires the Secretary to expedite consideration of 
such a petition that involves a notification requirement to 
warn of cancer or reproductive or birth defects or to provide 
information that will allow parents or guardians to understand, 
monitor, or limit a child's exposure to cancer-causing agents 
or reproductive or development toxins.
    H.R. 4167 allows a State to establish a requirement that 
would otherwise violate FFDCA provisions relating to a national 
uniform nutrition labeling or this Act if the requirement is 
needed to address an imminent hazard to health that is likely 
to result in serious adverse health consequences and if other 
requirements are met.
    The measure also declares that this Act does not preempt 
State and local laws relating to freshness dating, open date 
labeling, grade labeling, a State inspection stamp, religious 
dietary labeling, organic or natural designation, returnable 
bottle labeling, unit pricing, a statement of geographic 
origin, dietary supplements, or a consumer advisory relating to 
food sanitation imposed on a food establishment or recommend by 
the Secretary.
    Furthermore, section 3 provides that this Act takes effect 
if the Secretary certifies to Congress that its implementation 
will pose no additional risk to the public health or safety 
from terrorists attacks relating to the food supply.

Appropriations

            H.R. 5384, Making appropriations for Agriculture, Rural 
                    Development, Food and Drug Administration, and 
                    Related Agencies for fiscal year ending September 
                    30, 2007, and for other purposes.
    H.R. 5384 was introduced and reported as an original 
measure by Representative Bonilla of the Committee on 
Appropriations, H.Rept. 109-463 & 109-463 Part 2, on May 12, 
2006. On May 23, 2006, the bill passed the House by a vote of 
378 yeas to 46 nays. On May 24, 2006, H.R. 5384 was received in 
the Senate and referred to the Senate Committee on 
Appropriations with no further action being taken.
    The Act provided $17.8 billion in discretionary spending, 
and $76.1 billion in mandatory spending for a total of $93.9 
billion. Of the $17.8 billion allocated for discretionary 
spending, $16.2 billion is for USDA (except the forest 
service), $1.5 billion is for the FDA, and $109 million is for 
the CFTC. The actual discretionary spending allowed by the bill 
is closer to $18.4 billion because the bill limits certain 
mandatory programs authorized in the 2002 farm bill and applies 
those savings (over $600 million) to discretionary programs. 
The actual discretionary amount is about $100 million less than 
the comparable fiscal year 2006 spending level, and spending on 
the so-called ``appropriated mandatory'' programs shows a 
decrease of about $7 billion from the fiscal year 2006 levels. 
Broken down, it provided (1) $1.054 billion for the Farm 
Service Agency; (2) $1.2 billion for the Agricultural Research 
Service; (3) $791 million for conservation activities; (4) $853 
million for the Food Safety and Inspection Service; (5) $904 
million for the Animal and Plant Healthy Inspection Service; 
(6) $37.9 billion for the food stamp program; (7) $13.3 billion 
for child nutrition programs; (8) $5.244 billion for Special 
Supplemental Nutrition Programs for Women, Infants and 
Children; (9) $1.2 billion for the Food for Peace Program; (10) 
$90 million for Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy detection and 
prevention activities; and (11) $80 million for Avian Flu 
Pandemic countermeasures and monitoring.
    The Act also satisfied an administration request by 
allocating $33 million for a National Animal Identification 
Program, but conditioned the funds on the publication of an 
advanced notice of proposal making in the Federal Register 
containing a complete and detailed plan for the National Animal 
Identification System. The Act also included report language 
outlining concerns about the animal ID program's progress and 
transparency, prohibited the Risk Management Agency from using 
funds to implement the Premium Reduction Program for the 2008 
insurance year, prohibited USDA from closing any county FSA 
office without first holding public hearings and providing 
notice to Congress, rejected the administration's request to 
end, and instead provided $25 million to expand, the free fresh 
fruit and vegetable program in schools, prohibited the FDA from 
using funds to prevent the reimportation of prescription drugs 
approved by the FDA, and prohibited the FDA from using funds 
provided in the bill to give conflict of interest waivers to 
any voting members of any of it advisory committees. (Note.-- 
For further action, see the discussion of Public Law 109-289 
and Public Law 109-383 under ``1. Bills Enacted Into Law.'')
            H.R. 5386, Making Appropriations for Department of the 
                    Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies for 
                    fiscal year ending September 30, 2007, and for 
                    other purposes.
    H.R. 5386 was introduced and reported as an original 
measure by Representative Taylor of the Committee on 
Appropriations, H.Rept. 109-465, on May 15, 2006. On May 18, 
2006, the bill was passed the House by a vote of 293 yeas to 
128 nays. On May 19, 2006, H.R. 5386 was received in the Senate 
and referred to the Senate Committee on Appropriations with no 
further action being taken.
    This Act provided $25.94 billion for the Department of the 
Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies and programs. Among 
the proposed decreases for fiscal year 2007 from the fiscal 
year 2006 level are (1) $-99.5 million for the national Park 
Service; (2) $-65.5 million for the Forest Service; (3) $-55.4 
million for the Fish and Wildlife Service; (4) $-48.7 million 
for the Environmental Protection Agency; (5) $-39.6 million for 
the Bureau of Indian Affairs; and (6) $-38.7 million for the 
Office of Special Trustee for American Indians. Increases for 
fiscal year 2007 included (1) $148.4 million for Indian Health 
Service; (2) $31.2 million for the Bureau of Land Management; 
(3) $15.8 million for the U.S. Geological Survey; and (4) $9.0 
million for each of the national Endowment for the Arts and the 
National Endowment for the Humanities.
    The Act also prohibited funds from being used for the sale 
or slaughter of wild horses and burros (as defined in P.L. 92-
195); prohibited funds from being used to plan, design, study, 
or build roads in the Tongass National Forest, in Alaska, for 
harvesting timber; included $244 million for the Payments in 
Lieu of Taxes Program (PILT); continued at $7.4 million the 
special supplemental funding Congress provided in fiscal year 
2006 for the study, monitoring, and early detection of highly 
pathogenic avian flu, through the virus strain H5N1; retained 
the moratoria on oil and natural gas leasing in the Outer 
Continental Shelf (OCS); prohibited further testing of 
pesticides on human subjects; and included language prohibiting 
the US Environmental Protection Agency from issuing final 
regulations defining wetlands as navigable waters of the United 
States under section 404 of the Federal Water Pollution Control 
Act. (Note.-- For further action, see the discussion of Public 
Law 109-289 and Public Law 109-383 under ``1. Bills Enacted 
Into Law.'')
            H.R. 5522, Making Appropriations for Foreign Operations, 
                    Export Financing, and Related Programs for the 
                    fiscal year ending September 30, 2007, and for 
                    other purposes.
    H.R. 5522 was introduced and reported as an original 
measure, H. Rept. 109-486, by Representative Jim Kolbe on June 
5, 2006. On June 8, 2006, the bill passed the House, as 
amended, by a vote of 373 yeas and 34 nays. On June 12, 2006, 
H.R. 5522 was received in the Senate, read twice and referred 
to the Committee on Appropriations. On July 10, 2006, the 
Senate Appropriations Committee reported favorably H.R. 5522 
with an amendment in the nature of a substitute, S.Rept. 109-
277, with no further action taking place.
    The Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related 
Programs Appropriations Act of 2007 makes fiscal year 2007 
appropriations for (1) the Export-Import Bank, including the 
Office of Inspector General, direct and guaranteed loan and 
insurance programs, and administrative expenses; (2) Overseas 
Private Investment Corporation credit and insurance programs, 
including administrative expenses and for the cost of direct 
and guaranteed loans, (and authority to undertake programs 
under title IV of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 in Iraq; 
(3) the Trade and Development Agency; (4) expenses of the 
President in carrying out certain programs under the Foreign 
Assistance Act of 1961; (5) the United States Agency for 
International Development (USAID) for child survival, 
nutrition, and disease programs, including HIV/AIDS.
    Section 565 of title V of the bill as introduced in the 
House was of interest to the Committee on Agriculture because 
this section granted the authority to the President of United 
States to reduce debt owned to the Commodity Credit Corporation 
by poor countries. On June 9, 2006, a point of order was 
sustained against section 565, because it violates House Rule 
XXI Clause 2 by changing existing law and inserting legislative 
language in an appropriations bill. (Note.-- For further 
action, see the discussion of Public Law 109-289 and Public Law 
109-383 under ``1. Bills Enacted Into Law.'')

6. Concurrent Resolutions Approved

    None

 7. Bills Reported to the House But Not Considered

            H.Con.Res. 424, expressing the sense of Congress that it is 
                    the goal of the United States that, not later than 
                    January 1, 2025, the agricultural, forestry, and 
                    working land of the United States should provide 
                    from renewable resources not less than 25 percent 
                    of the total energy consumed in the United States 
                    and continue to produce safe, abundant, and 
                    affordable food, feed, and fiber.
    H.Con.Res. 424 was introduced by Chairman Bob Goodlatte on 
June 7, 2006, and referred to the Committee on Agriculture and 
in addition to the Committees on Energy and Commerce, and 
Resources. On September 21, 2006, H.Con.Res. 424 was ordered 
reported, without amendment, by the Committee on Agriculture by 
a voice vote. On September 29, 2006 and the Committee on 
Resources discharged. On September 29, 2006, H.Con.Res. 424 was 
reported to the House by the Committee on Agriculture, H.Rept. 
109-710 pt. 1. On that same date the measure was discharged by 
the Committee on Resources and an extension was granted to the 
Committee on Energy and Commerce until November 17, 2006. No 
further action was taken.
    H.Con.Res. 424 expresses the sense of Congress that it is 
the goal of the United States that by January 1, 2025, U.S. 
agricultural, forestry, and working land should provide from 
renewable resources not less than 25 percent of the total U.S. 
energy consumption and continue to produce safe, abundant, and 
affordable food, feed and fiber.
    Before reaching this resolution, H. Con. Res. 424 states 
that the production of renewable energy from agricultural, 
forestry, and working lands is beneficial to national security, 
rural economies, and the environment. H. Con. Res. 424 further 
states a belief that the development and use of renewable 
energy will stabilized the cost and availability of energy in 
the United States and that supportive policies and incentives 
will make increased use practical effective.
            H.R. 517, to reauthorize the Secure Rural Schools and 
                    Community Self-Determination Act of 2000, and for 
                    other purposes.
    H.R. 517 was introduced by Representative Greg Walden on 
February 2, 2005, and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, 
and in addition to the Committee on Resources. On May 18, 2005, 
the Committee on Resources ordered reported, without amendment, 
the bill to the House. On June 9, 2005, H.R. 517 was reported 
to the House, H.Rept. 109-117 pt. 1. No further action was 
taken.
    The Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-determination 
Reauthorization Act of 2005 amends the Secure Rural Schools and 
Community Self-determination Act of 2000 to extend the Act 
through fiscal year 2013, including the authority for special 
and county projects on National Forest System (NFS) and certain 
Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands.
    The measure also amends the Act to allow eligible counties 
to receive the full payment amount with respect to payments 
from NFS lands for the benefit of public education and 
transportation or the BLM lands for the benefit of public 
safety, law enforcement, education, and other public purposes 
effective through fiscal year 2013. H.R. 517 gives eligible 
counties the opportunity to make payment elections in writing 
during the last quarter of fiscal year 2006 and reserve 
specified revenues, fees, penalties, and miscellaneous receipts 
(exclusive of required deposits) in the event of a shortfall.
    The bill further requires counties participating in county 
projects to submit to the Secretary concerned a specified 
written notification for each project for which the 
participating county obligated county funds and requires the 
Secretary concerned to review such notifications and report 
annually to specified congressional committees. (Note._See also 
the discussion under ``D. Oversight. Summaries for April 21, 
2005, Hearing Serial No. 109-5.'')
            H.R. 599, to provide a source of funds to carry out 
                    restoration activities on Federal lands under the 
                    jurisdiction of the Secretary of the Interior or 
                    the Secretary of Agriculture, and for other 
                    purposes.
    H.R. 599 was introduced by Representative Mark Udall on 
February 2, 2005, and referred to the Committee on Resources 
and in addition to the Committee on Agriculture. On May 18, 
2005, the Committee on Resources, ordered reported H.R. 599, as 
amended, by unanimous consent. On June 14, 2005, the bill was 
reported to the House, as amended, H. Rept. 109-129 pt. 1. No 
further action was taken.
    The Federal Lands Restoration, Enhancement, Public 
Education, and Information Resources Act of 2005 amends the 
Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, the National 
Park Service Organic Act, the National Wildlife Refuge System 
Administration Act of 1966, and Federal laws relating to 
National Forest System Lands, to make available any moneys 
received from fines or any moneys received from collateral 
payments in lieu of appearance for violations of rules and 
regulations applicable to Federal lands under the jurisdiction 
of the Secretary of the Interior or the Secretary of 
Agriculture for certain restoration and public informational 
activities on such lands. The measure also transfers any such 
excess funds to the Crime Victims Fund established under the 
Victims of Crime Act of 1984.
            H.R. 1640, to ensure jobs for our future with secure and 
                    reliable energy.
    H.R. 1640 was introduced by Representative Joe Barton on 
April 14, 2005, and referred to the Committee on Energy and 
Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Science, 
Resources, Education and the Workforce, Transportation and 
Infrastructure, Financial Services, and Agriculture. On July 
29, 2005, H.R 1640 was reported, with amendments, by the 
Committee on Energy and Commerce, House Report 109-215, pt. 1. 
On that same date, H.R. 1640 was discharged from all other 
Committees. Because the House was considering the similar bill, 
H.R. 6, no further action was taken on the bill.
    The measure sets forth an energy research and development 
program, including (1) energy efficiency; (2) renewable energy; 
(3) oil and gas; (4) coal; (5) Indian energy; (6) nuclear 
matters and security; (7) vehicles and motor fuels, including 
ethanol; (8) hydrogen; (9) electricity; and (10) energy tax 
incentives.
            H.R. 1905, Small Tracts Reform Act
    H.R. 1905 was introduced by Representative John Doolittle 
on April 27, 2005, and referred to the Committee on Resources, 
and in addition to the Committee on Agriculture. On July 14, 
2005, the Committee on Resources reported the bill without 
amendment, H.Rept. 109-169 pt. 1. On that same date, the 
Committee on Agriculture was discharged from further 
consideration. No further action was taken.
    H.R. 1905 amends the Small Tracts Act by eliminating the 
$150,000 cap on the value of land to be exchanged. 
Additionally, the bill applies to mineral fractions, 
interspersed parcels, lands affected by encroachment or 
erroneous surveys, road rights-of-way, or other parcels of land 
in which the sale or exchange is not practicable under any 
other authority and the management of the area is inefficient.
    The bill also provides for two land transfers between the 
Forest Service and private landowners in the Tahoe National 
Forest in California. The land transfers will allow the Forest 
Service to add contiguous land to its existing boundaries.
            H.R. 3405, to prohibit the provision of Federal economic 
                    development assistance for any State or locality 
                    that uses the power of eminent domain power to 
                    obtain property for private commercial development 
                    or that fails to pay relocation costs to persons 
                    displaced by use of the power of eminent domain for 
                    economic development purposes.
    H.R. 3405 was introduced by Representative Henry Bonilla on 
July 22, 2005, and referred to the Committee on Agriculture and 
in addition to the Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure, Financial Services, Resources, and Education 
and the Workforce. On October 7, 2005, the Committee on 
Agriculture ordered reported, H.R. 3405, as amended, by a vote 
of 40 yeas to 1 nay. On October 31, 2005, H.R. 3405 was 
reported to the House, as amended, H.Rept. 109-261 pt. 1. On 
that same date all other Committees discharged from further 
consideration. No further action was taken.
    Private ownership of property is vital to our freedom and 
our prosperity, and is one of the most fundamental principles 
embedded in our Constitution. The founders realized the 
importance of property rights when they codified the Takings 
clause of the fifth amendment to the Constitution, which 
requires that private property shall not be taken ``for public 
use, without just compensation.'' This clause created two 
conditions to the government taking private property_that the 
subsequent use of the property is for the public and that the 
government gives the property owners just compensation.
    However, the Supreme Court's 5-4 decision in Kelo v. City 
of New London is a step in the opposite direction. This 
controversial ruling expands the ability of State and local 
governments to exercise eminent domain powers to seize property 
under the guise of ``economic development'' when the ``public 
use'' is as incidental as generating tax revenues or creating 
jobs, even in situations where the government takes property 
from one private individual and gives it to another private 
entity.
    By defining ``public use'' so expansively, the Court 
essentially erased any protection for private property as 
understood by the founders of our nation. In the wake of this 
decision, State and local governments can use eminent domain 
powers to take the property of any individual for nearly any 
reason. Cities may now bulldoze private citizens' homes, farms, 
and small businesses to make way for shopping malls or other 
developments.
    H.R. 3405, The Strengthening the Ownership of Private 
Property (STOPP) Act of 2005, as amended by the House 
Agriculture Committee, would create a strong incentive for 
State and local governments to refrain from using eminent 
domain powers to take private property from one owner and give 
it to another private owner. Specifically, the bill prohibits 
all Federal economic development funding for localities and 
States that use eminent domain in this way. The legislation 
also withholds Federal economic development funding from any 
State or local government that uses eminent domain for economic 
development purposes, and does not then comply with the 
procedures in the Uniform Relocation Act, which would require 
State and local governments to pay relocation costs for 
individuals affected by eminent domain proceedings. (Note._For 
further action see the discussion of H.R. 4128 under ``5. Bills 
Acted on by the House But Not the Senate'' and also the 
discussion under ``D. Oversight. Summaries for September 7, 
2005, Hearing Serial No. 109-15.'')
            H.R. 3818, to authorize the Secretary of Agriculture to 
                    enter into partnership agreements with entities and 
                    local communities to encourage greater cooperation 
                    in the administration of Forest Service activities 
                    on and near National Forest System lands, and for 
                    other purposes.
    H.R. 3818 was introduced by Representative Walden on 
December 6, 2005, and referred to the Committee on Agriculture 
and in addition to the Committee on Resources. On October 19, 
2005, the Committee on Resources ordered reported H.R. 3818, 
amended, by unanimous consent. On December 6, 2005, the bill 
was reported, as amended, H.Rept. 109-325 pt. 1. No further 
action was taken.
    The Forest Service Partnership Enhancement Act of 2005 
authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture, acting through the 
Chief of the Forest Service, to enter into agreements, 
including cost-share agreements, with cooperators for (1) 
developing, producing or selling education and interpretive 
materials and products; (2) developing, conducting, or selling 
education and interpretive programs and services; (3) 
constructing, maintaining, or improving facilities for the sale 
or distribution of educational and interpretive materials, 
products, and services; (4) operating facilities; (5) selling 
health and safety convenience products; (6) collecting funds 
from the sale of such materials, products, programs, and 
services; (7) activities to restore and maintain the ecological 
integrity and biodiversity of NFS lands; (8) watershed 
restoration and enhancement activities on NFS lands, or on 
other lands that benefit resources on NFS land within the same 
watershed, for protecting, restoring, and enhancing resources, 
including fish and wildlife habitat, or reducing risk from 
natural disaster where public safety is threatened; and (9) 
such other cooperative activities as the Secretary considers to 
be appropriates.
    The measure directs the Secretary to require such terms and 
conditions in an agreement as are necessary to protect 
investments to be made by the United States, including terms 
related to the ownership of any facilities or improvements 
constructed or improved under such an agreement.
    H.R. 3818 also sets forth provisions concerning costing 
sharing, including providing for in-kind contributions and the 
treatment of funds received under an agreement.
    Lastly, the bill repeals certain authorities relating to 
cooperative arrangements for the printing of educational 
materials and the continuation of the Challenge Cost Share 
Program and the Watershed Restoration and Enhancement 
Agreements.
            H.R. 3849, to amend the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and 
                    Rodenticide Act to implement pesticide-related 
                    obligations of the United States under the 
                    international conventions or protocols known as the 
                    PIC Convention, the POPs Convention, and the LRTAP 
                    POPs Protocol.
    H.R. 3849 was introduced by Representative Lucas on 
September 21, 2005, and referred to the Committee on 
Agriculture. On July 20, 2006, the Committee on Agriculture 
held a hearing to review H.R. 3849, Hearing Serial No. 109-35. 
On July 27, 2006, the bill was ordered reported, without 
amendment, to the House by a voice vote. On September 19, 2006, 
the measure was reported, without amendment, by the Committee 
on Agriculture, H.Rept. 109-668. No further action was taken.
     H.R. 3849 provides the necessary legislation to implement 
the Federal, Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act 
(FIFRA)-related provisions of three international agreements, 
the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants 
(POPs), the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent 
Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals in International 
Trade (PIC), and the Protocol on Persistent Organic Pollutants 
to the 1979 Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air 
Pollution (LRTAP POPs Protocol). U.S. ratification of these 
three agreements requires targeted amendments to both FIFRA and 
the Toxics Substances Control Act (TSCA) to ensure that the 
United States can meet and effectively implement the 
obligations of the agreements.
    The Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants 
(POPs) aims to protect human health and the environment from 
chemicals that are of particular concern because they are known 
to be toxic, bioaccumulative, resistant to natural breakdown, 
and capable of long-range transport. Each of the twelve 
chemicals in the Convention has been scientifically linked to 
adverse human health effects and are already banned, severely 
restricted, or controlled in the United States. These chemicals 
are still in use in many places abroad, particularly in 
developing countries. The Convention prohibits production and 
use of eight pesticides and industrial chemicals subject to 
certain exemptions. The Convention also restricts DDT use to 
public health applications and prohibits new PCB production, 
while imposing import and export controls on listed chemicals. 
Parties promote the application of Best Available Technologies 
(BAT) on key industrial sources and ensure POPs wastes are 
managed in an environmentally sound manner. The Convention 
creates a science-based procedure to consider the addition of 
other chemicals that may be POPs. The Convention entered into 
force in May of 2004.
    The Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution 
(LRTAP) POPs Protocol is a regional agreement negotiated 
primarily by developed countries. It was finalized prior to the 
global Stockholm Convention, and the Protocol was used in some 
ways as a model for the Convention. The structure and core 
obligations of the Stockholm Convention and LRTAP POPs 
agreements are very similar in restricting the production, use, 
or release of certain toxic chemicals. There are three main 
differences between the two agreements. First, the LRTAP POPs 
is a regional agreement open only to states in Europe, the 
former Soviet States, Canada, and the United States. Second, 
the LRTAP POPs Protocol does not include the same kind of trade 
measures nor provisions for financial and technical assistance 
found in the POPs treaty. Finally, the LRTAP POPs Protocol 
covers four additional chemicals in its scope, each of which is 
banned or controlled in the United States. The LRTAP POPs 
Protocol entered into force in October of 2003.
    The Rotterdam Convention establishes an information-sharing 
process that facilitates informed decision-making about whether 
to import a listed chemical. Both importing and exporting 
parties have responsibilities to facilitate information 
exchange on the risks associated with a listed chemical. The 
scope of the Convention is limited to banned or severely 
restricted industrial chemicals and pesticides and to severely 
hazardous pesticide formulations. Importing parties make a 
notification of whether and how they will allow for imports of 
each listed chemical, and exporting parties ensure that any 
exports are not contrary to an importing party's notification. 
The Rotterdam Convention includes a technical committee, the 
Chemical Review Committee, which reviews notifications in 
accordance with the Convention's criteria, and may recommend to 
the parties whether to list additional chemicals. The 
Convention entered into force in February of 2004.
    Over the last 30 years, the United States has taken 
extensive steps to address the twelve substances covered by the 
POPs Convention and the sixteen LRTAP substances, as well as 
the thirty-nine substances found on the PIC list. As a result, 
the United States is generally in compliance with the treaty. 
There are only a few small gaps to close in terms of U.S. 
legislative authorities, such as formally prohibiting 
production of listed pesticides and prohibiting potential 
future use of unregistered pesticides. The legislation passed 
by this Committee closes those gaps by amending FIFRA, and a 
complementary bill has been passed by the House Energy and 
Commerce Committee (H.R. 4591) amending the Toxic Substance 
Control Act.
            H.R. 4084, to amend the Forest Service use and occupancy 
                    permit program to restore the authority of the 
                    Secretary of Agriculture to utilize the special use 
                    permit fees collected by the Secretary in 
                    connection with the establishment and operation of 
                    marinas in units of the National Forest System 
                    derived from the public domain, and for other 
                    purposes.
    H.R. 4084 was introduced by Representative Herger on 
October 19, 2005, and referred to the Committee on Agriculture 
in addition to the Committee on Resources. On June 7, 2006, 
H.R. 4084 was reported, without amendment, by the Committee on 
Resources, H. Rept. 109-490, Part I. The Committee on 
Agriculture requested an Executive Comment from the USDA on 
June 12, 2006 with no further action being taken.
    The measure amends the Forest Service use and occupancy 
permit program to require amounts collected in connection with 
the issuance of a special use permit for a marina at a unit of 
the National Forest System (NFS) derived from the public domain 
to be deposited in an existing special account in the Treasury 
established for the Secretary of Agriculture for specified 
recreation management purposes. H.R. 4084 also prohibits the 
Secretary from using such amounts for biological monitoring for 
listed or candidate species under the Endangered Species Act of 
1973. In addition, the legislation requires at least 80 percent 
of the permit fees collected at a specific unit of the NFS to 
be expended for that unit and permits the Secretary to transfer 
up to 20 percent of such fees to appropriations available to 
enhance recreation opportunities at other NFS units. (Note._See 
also the discussion under ``D. Oversight. Summaries for July 
20, 2006, Hearing Serial No. 109-35.'')

8. Bills Ordered Reported But Not Reported

    None

9. Bills Defeated in the House

            H.R. 5059, to designate the Wild River Wilderness in the 
                    White Mountain National Forest in the State of New 
                    Hampshire, and for other purposes.
    H.R. 5059 was introduced by Representative Charles Bass on 
March 30, 2006, and referred to the Committee on Resources and 
in addition to the Committee on Agriculture. On September 25, 
2006, the bill was considered in the House under suspension of 
the rules, however, failed by a vote of 223 yeas to 167 nays, 
with less than two-thirds of those present voting in the 
affirmative.
    The New Hampshire Wilderness Act of 2006 designates 
specified Federal lands in the White Mountain National Forest 
area of New Hampshire as a wilderness area (which shall be 
known as the Wild River Wilderness) and as a component of the 
National Wilderness Preservation System. (Note--For further 
action, see the discussion for P.L. 109-XXX (S. 4001) under 
``1. Bills Enacted Into Law.'')
    H.R. 5062, to designate as wilderness certain National 
Forest System land in the State of New Hampshire.
    H.R. 5062 was introduced by Representative Jeb Bradley on 
March 30, 2006, and referred to the Committee on Resources, and 
in addition to the Committee on Agriculture. On September 25, 
2006, the bill was considered in the House under suspension of 
the rules, however, failed by a vote of 223 yeas to 167 nays, 
with less than two-thirds of those present voting in the 
affirmative.
    The bill designates specified Federal lands in the White 
Mountain National Forest area of New Hampshire as wilderness 
and incorporates such lands into the Sandwich Range Wilderness. 
(Note--For further action, see the discussion for P.L. 109-XXX 
(S. 4001) under ``1. Bills Enacted Into Law.'')

                              D. OVERSIGHT

    The Committee on Agriculture and its subcommittees were 
active in their oversight functions, holding a number of 
oversight hearings both in the field and in Washington, DC 
during the course of the 108th Congress. The hearings related 
to the application, administration, and effectiveness of laws 
that lie within the Committee's jurisdiction as well as the 
organization and operation of the Department of Agriculture and 
other Federal agencies having responsibility for the 
administration of such laws. The hearings often resulted in 
recommendations for improvements in the administration of the 
laws, regulations and policies in effect in the executive 
branch as they related to the committee's jurisdiction. 
Information gathered at these hearings was useful in preparing 
legislation for consideration in the House of Representatives.
    As part of its hearings, the committee and its 
subcommittees reviewed the way the particular Federal agency or 
department (usually the Department of Agriculture) administered 
existing laws related to the subject matter of the legislation 
before, or to be considered by, the Committee. In some cases, 
legislation favorably reported to the House carries a 
termination date (a ``sunset'') to ensure that in the future 
Congress will again review the effectiveness and the methods 
with which the Executive Branch of Government has carried out 
the letter and the spirit of that statute.
    In keeping with the objective of the Oversight Plan as 
submitted to the Committee on Government Reform and House 
Administration, the Committee and its subcommittees conducted 
the following chronological oversight hearings during the 109th 
Congress (Note.-- To see a copy of the Oversight Plan as 
submitted, see ``I. Summary of Organization, Jurisdiction, and 
Oversight Plan of the Committee on Agriculture''.)

1. Oversight hearings

    March 1, 2005: Review of the Department of Agriculture's 
(USDA) rule providing for Canadian beef and cattle imports. 
Full committee. Hearing Serial No. 109-1.
    The purpose of this hearing was to review the USDA's rule 
providing for Canadian beef and cattle imports. The U.S. closed 
its border to Canadian beef and cattle imports after the 
December 23, 2003 discovery of a single case of Bovine 
Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) in the U.S. in a cow of 
Canadian origin. In December 2004, the USDA published the final 
rule establishing minimal-risk regions which will become 
effective on March 7, 2005. The U.S. remains committed to 
protecting the safety of the food supply and domestic cattle 
population through an array of protective measures including 
the feed ban, Specified Risk Material (SRM) removal and a 
robust BSE surveillance system. Agriculture Secretary Mike 
Johanns testified that Canada has a robust inspection program 
and that the feed ban is reducing the risk of transmission of 
BSE in the Canadian cattle population. In future dealings with 
BSE, the U.S. efforts must remain rooted in sound science, with 
an eye toward the long term structure and economic health of 
the beef and cattle industry due to the far-reaching 
implications for producers, processors, retailers and 
consumers.
    March 3, 2005: Examination of the reauthorization of the 
Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Subcommittee on 
General Farm Commodities and Risk Management. Hearing Serial 
No. 109-2.
    The purpose of this hearing was to examine the 
reauthorization of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, 
which was established in 1974 and set to expire in September 
2005. The CFTC was last reauthorized 4 years ago in the 
enactment of the Commodity Futures Modernization Act of 2000 
(CFMA), which effectuated major changes with respect to the 
regulation of exchange-traded futures contracts, over-the-
counter (OTC) derivatives, and ``security futures.'' The CFMA 
has accomplished much of its intended purpose. Its purpose was 
to provide regulatory relief to foster industry growth and a 
level playing field, while still protecting market integrity 
for all participants. Dr. Sharon Brown-Hruska, Acting Chairman 
of the CFTC, testified that under the CFMA there is more access 
than ever for U.S. customers wanting to trade on foreign 
exchanges as well as for foreign customers wanting to trade in 
the U.S. markets. (Note.-- See the discussion for H.R. 4473 
under ``5. Bills Acted on by the House But Not the Senate.'')
    March 9, 2005: Examination of the reauthorization of the 
Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Subcommittee on 
General Farm Commodities and Risk Management. Hearing Serial 
No. 109-2.
    The purpose of this hearing was to examine the 
reauthorization of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. 
The subcommittee heard testimony from 14 witnesses representing 
interested associations and exchanges. The CFTC was established 
in 1974 and is set to expire in September 2005. The CFTC was 
last reauthorized 4 years ago in the enactment of the Commodity 
Futures Modernization Act of 2000 (CFMA), which effectuated 
major changes with respect to the regulation of exchange-traded 
futures contracts, over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives, and 
``security futures''. Technological changes have allowed the 
futures industry and options market to grow and evolve into an 
around-the-clock global industry. Since the passage of the 
CFMA, futures markets have grown and developed tremendously, as 
well as faced some difficulties and challenges. (Note.-- See 
the discussion for H.R. 4473 under ``5. Bills Acted on by the 
House But Not the Senate.'')
    March 10, 2005: Review of the methyl bromide Critical Use 
Exemption process under the Montreal Protocol. Subcommittee on 
Conservation, Credit, Rural Development, and Research. Hearing 
Serial No. 109-3.
    The purpose of this hearing was to review the methyl 
bromide (MeBr) Critical Use Exemption (CUE) process under the 
Montreal Protocol. The subcommittee heard testimony from two 
panels of witnesses, including Claudia McMurray, Deputy 
Assistant Secretary for Environment, Bureau of Oceans and 
International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, Department 
of State, and industry representatives. The Montreal Protocol 
revised its original decision to phase out MeBr use and 
production completely to enable exemptions for uses of MeBr 
regarded as critical. The criteria to qualify MeBr use as 
critical were to be based solely on scientific review; however, 
recent meetings of the Parties in Nairobi indicate that the 
review process has become largely political. The 2007 
nomination has not been as similar as expected to the ultimate 
nomination of 2006. Parties to the Montreal Protocol agreed to 
specific criteria that would determine uses that would qualify 
as critical when Congress amended the Clean Air Act in 1998, 
demonstrating a degree of trust in the international process.
    March 16, 2005: Review United States Agricultural Trade 
with Cuba. Full committee. Hearing Serial No. 109-4.
    The purpose of this hearing was to review the final 
regulations issued by the Department of the Treasury's Office 
of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) concerning the policy of 
``payment of cash in advance'' and the effect of the 
redefinition of the payment policy on U.S. agricultural trade 
with Cuba. The Committee heard from two panels of witnesses 
including the Director of OFAC, Robert W. Werner. This hearing 
took place because several farm groups and Members of Congress 
raised concerns over the potential loss of exports due to the 
February 22, 2005 OFAC ruling requiring U.S. agricultural 
exporters to receive payment from Cuba before shipping 
commodities. Since Congress passed the Trade Sanctions Reform 
and Export Enhancement Act in October of 2000, the United 
States has become the top supplier of food products to Cuba. 
The sentiment of the Committee was that the ``payment of cash 
in advance'' policy should not be changed, as both the United 
States and Cuba were benefiting from and in agreement with the 
previous policy.
    April 21, 2005: Review of the implementation of the Secure 
Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act of 2000. 
Full committee. Hearing Serial No. 109-5.
    The purpose of this hearing was to review the 
implementation of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self 
Determination Act of 2000. This act, set to expire in September 
2006, created new cooperative partnerships between citizens in 
forest counties and Federal land managers to develop forest 
health improvement projects on public lands, simultaneously 
stimulating job development and community economic stability. 
The act assists counties within or adjacent to forest reserves 
to offset the effects of removing these lands from economic 
development. Over 4,400 schools have received funding to 
restore programs in rural communities, and over 780 counties 
have received funding for local county road maintenance. Over 
2,500 forest improvement projects have addressed fuels 
reduction, habitat improvement, watershed restoration, road 
maintenance and rehabilitation, reforestation, campground and 
trail improvement, and noxious weed eradication. Chairman Bob 
Goodlatte and Ranking Member Collin Peterson introduced H.R. 
517 to reauthorize the Secure Rural Schools Act until 2013. The 
Honorable Mark Rey, Under Secretary for Natural Resources and 
Environment testified, along with representatives of forest 
county administration and education, and the forest industry. 
(Note.-- See the discussion for H.R. 517 under ``7. Bills 
Reported to the House but Not Considered.'')
    April 27, 2005: Review the economic impact of Asian soybean 
rust on the U.S. farm sector. Joint Hearing of the 
Conservation, Credit, Rural Development and Research and 
General Farm Commodities and Risk Management Subcommittees. 
Hearing Serial No. 109-6.
    The purpose of this hearing was to review the economic 
impact of Asian soybean rust on the U.S. farm sector. Asian 
Soybean Rust (ASR), a fungal disease that affects the growth of 
soybeans, among other plants, was first discovered in the U.S. 
in November 2004 and is not thought to have had any measurable 
effect on the 2004 soybean production. This has provided time 
for the soybean sector to prepare strategies to guard against 
possible ASR damage to the 2005 soybean crop and beyond. ASR 
was first discovered in Japan in 1902 and has spread to Asia, 
Australia, Africa, South America and North America. Airborne 
spores can travel up to 400 miles per day. Once infected with 
ASR, soybean plants are covered with rust lesions that reduce 
photosynthesis and stunt the growth of the plant. Currently 19 
pesticide products are approved to treat ASR, but EPA officials 
believe that developing plant resistant varieties would be the 
most effective and least expensive safeguard. The USDA is 
coordinating a research initiative to tackle ASR with a four-
pronged action plan that accounts for protection, detection, 
response, and recovery. Members praised the USDA for its 
educational efforts thus far but encouraged it to do more. USDA 
and EPA officials, as well as industry groups, presented 
testimony about the impact of ASR.
    May 4, 2005: Review the delivery and effectiveness of the 
Federal crop insurance system. Subcommittee on General Farm 
Commodities and Risk Management. Hearing Serial No. 109-7.
    The purpose of this hearing was to review the delivery and 
effectiveness of the Federal crop insurance system. The Federal 
crop insurance program, which consists of 22 plans on over 350 
agricultural commodities, provides a safety net that enables 
producers to protect themselves from devastating crop losses 
due to weather, invasive pests, and disease. The hearing 
focused on crop insurance, soybean rust and Premium Reduction 
Plans (PRP), just one week after the first case of soybean rust 
in the 2005 season was found in Georgia. In light of the 
soybean rust situation, the Risk Management Agency (RMA) was 
expected to inform farmers as to which production practices 
will be required of them in order for them to qualify for 
indemnity under their crop insurance policies. The hearing also 
discussed Premium Reduction Plans (PRP), which allow approved 
insurance providers to offer reduced premiums to farmers 
corresponding to demonstrated efficiencies in delivering crop 
insurance below the administrative and operating expense 
reimbursement. Officials from the USDA, as well as crop 
insurance industry representatives, presented testimony and 
were be encouraged to offer feedback to ensure that the system 
meets the needs of U.S. producers.
    May 24, 2005: Review of the U.S. Grain Standards Act. 
Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management. 
Hearing Serial No. 109-8.
    The purpose of this hearing was to review the U.S. Grain 
Standards Act (USGSA). The USGA was set to expire in September 
2005, and the administration submitted to the Committee a 
reauthorization proposal that would extend the USGSA 10 years, 
through September 2015. Specifically, reauthorization is 
required to maintain several authorities so that the Federal 
Grain Inspection Service (FGIS) will continue operating. The 
authorities are needed to allow FGIS to collect and invest fees 
to cover administrative expenses, perform official inspections 
and weighing, supervise weighing; to receive appropriations; 
and to sustain the USDA Grain Inspection Advisory Committee. 
Testimony was given by a USDA official and grain industry 
representatives. Reauthorization is expected in the coming 
months. (Note.-- See the discussion for Public Law 109-83 (S. 
1752, H.R. 3421) under ``1. Bills Enacted Into Law.'')
    May 25, 2005: Review of National Forest Management Planning 
Regulations. Full committee. Hearing Serial No. 109-9.
    The purpose of this hearing was to give the administration 
the opportunity to explain how it believes the new national 
forest management planning regulations will increase the 
efficiency of the forest planning process and reduce conflicts 
over forest plans. The National Forest Management Act (NFMA), 
enacted in 1979, required the Forest Service to develop a 
forest plan that specified expected outputs, made land 
allocations, and placed restrictions on certain types of timber 
harvesting activities. The Forest Service issued regulations to 
guide the planning process in 1979, and slightly revised these 
in 1982. The 1982 regulations required development and detailed 
analysis of multiple alternatives for each planning unit, and 
the development of detailed Environmental Impact Statements 
(EIS) for new plans or plan revisions. In practice, this 
extensive process produced little valuable information for 
forest managers. In 2002, the Forest Service issued a draft 
revision to the planning rule and issued a final rule in 2004. 
The 2004 rule requires that plans set broad overall goals based 
on a comprehensive review of the condition of the land and the 
history of program outputs. To meet conservation requirements, 
the new rule adopts an ecosystem-based, rather than species-
based approach to habitat protection. In addition, each unit 
must adopt an Environmental Management System (EMS). The EMS, 
coupled with annual monitory, and comprehensive review of 
progress towards the goals every 5 years, provides a mechanism 
to correct management actions. The new rules also will allow 
forest planning and plan revisions to occur every 2 to 3 years, 
rather than the current five to 7 years under the 1982 rule. 
The 2004 planning rule is an attempt to streamline what has 
become a very cumbersome and expensive process; however, the 
agency is proposing to take on new responsibilities in terms of 
implementing and monitoring the EMS, so the overall costs will 
be only slightly lower than those under the 1982 rule. 
Testimony was given by USDA officials and forestry and wildlife 
experts. (Note.-- See the discussion for H.R. 4200 under ``5. 
Bills Acted on by the House But Not the Senate'', and ``A. Main 
Legislative Activities, Healthy Forests Restoration Act 
Implementation'')
    June 16, 2005: Review of Foreign Food Programs. 
Subcommittee on Specialty Crops and Foreign Agriculture 
Programs. Hearing Serial No. 109-10.
    The purpose of this hearing was to review the needs, 
capabilities and obstacles facing foreign food aid programs. 
The United States currently funds several programs that provide 
agricultural commodities to support economic development or 
grant emergency relief overseas. Authorized by the Farm 
Security and Rural Investment Act and other permanent 
legislation, these programs include Food for Peace, Food for 
Progress, the Bill Emerson Humanitarian Trust and the McGovern-
Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition 
Program. The subcommittee also examined a USAID proposal 
providing for the transfer of $300 million of the agency's $1.2 
billion budget for the purpose of purchasing foreign 
agricultural commodities in areas experiencing food emergencies 
and the possible effects of the World Trade Organization's Doha 
Development Round on how food aid is provided. Testimony was 
given by representatives from the USDA, USAID, non-governmental 
food assistance organizations and commodity groups.
    June 22, 2005: Hearing to recognize and review the U.S. 
Forest Service in its centennial year. Full committee. Hearing 
serial No. 109-11.
     The purpose of this hearing was to recognize and review 
the U.S. Forest Service on its centennial. The Committee 
commended the Forest Service and its first Chief, Gifford 
Pinchot, for their commitment to conservation and dedicated 
service in caring for the nation's forests. The chairman 
introduced a house resolution to honor and mark the official 
centennial of the Forest Service. The committee also evaluated 
the performance of the Forest Service over the last 100 years. 
The committee focused on the agency's level of efficiency and 
encouraged the Forest Service to promote multiple use benefits 
as it enters its second century. Testimony was heard from the 
current Chief of the Forest Service, representatives from the 
forestry industry and conservation groups.
    July 21, 2005: ``Review of Agriculture's Role in a 
renewable fuels standard. Full committee. Hearing Serial No. 
109-12. The purpose of this hearing was to examine and discuss 
the role of agriculture and forestry products as sources for 
biofuels. Rising fuel prices, dependence on foreign oil from 
unstable regions, and environmental issues have spurred an 
already growing interest in domestically produced renewable 
fuels. The chairman commented on the importance of developing 
alternative fuels and creating new markets for agricultural 
products. He stressed the importance of minimizing economic 
costs to other sectors and markets that a renewable fuels 
standard might create. House and Senate conferees also met this 
week to find common ground on energy bills passed earlier this 
year. The House energy bill calls for a 5 billion gallon 
renewable fuel standard (RFS), while the Senate version 
contains an 8 billion gallon RFS. In June, the Chairman and 
Ranking Member Peterson cosponsored the Renewable Fuels Act of 
2005 to establish an 8 billion gallon RFS by 2012. Testifying 
at the hearing were Minnesota Governor and Chairman of the 
Governors' Ethanol Coalition, Tim Pawlenty, USDA Chief 
Economist Keith Collins, and representatives from the National 
Farmers Union, National Corn Growers Association, Virginia 
Biodiesel Refinery, Virginia Poultry Growers Cooperative, and 
the American Forest and Paper Association. (Note.-- See the 
discussion under ``A. Main Legislative Activities, Healthy 
Forests Restoration Act Implementation.'')
    August 12, 2005: Review of Agricultural Research. 
Subcommittee on Conservation, Credit, Rural Development, and 
Research. Hearing Serial No. 109-13.
    The purpose of this hearing was to review agricultural 
research at the Fort Keogh Livestock and Range Research 
Laboratory in Miles City, Montana. The mission of the Fort 
Keogh Livestock and Range Research Laboratory is to research 
and develop ecologically and economically sustainable 
rangeland-based livestock production systems. Historically 
significant research accomplishments of the Laboratory are in 
the areas of animal genetics, reproductive physiology, 
nutrition, and range management. Presently, the program focuses 
on both the rangeland resource and the grazing animals. Recent 
accomplishments include successful development of a simple, 
user-friendly, drought management decision support system and 
the development of sire selection indices that optimize profit 
from future progeny.
    August 26, 2005: Review of the Specialty Crop Industry. 
Subcommittee on Livestock and Horticulture. Hearing Serial No. 
109-14.
    The purpose of this hearing was to review the specialty 
crop industry. California is an agriculturally diverse State 
that contributes significantly to U.S. agriculture production. 
The hearing covered a variety of issues including trade, market 
access, conservation, research, and pests and diseases 
affecting the fruit, nut, vegetable, wine and nursery 
industries. In 2004, wide diversity in agriculture and policy 
domination by a few large program crops prompted concerned 
Members to introduce and pass the Specialty Crops 
Competitiveness Act. Ranking Minority Member Ed Case testified 
that the hearing highlighted the incredible diversity of U.S. 
specialty crops and armed them to work with the USDA on rapid 
and full implementation of the Act. The hearing included an 
opportunity for the Chairman and members of the California 
Delegation to visit local agriculture operations in the Lodi, 
California, area.
    September 15, 2005: Review of Canada and Australia's 
experience with implementing national animal identification 
systems. Full committee. Hearing Serial No. 106-16.
    The purpose of this hearing was to review Canada and 
Australia's experience with implementing national animal 
identification systems. In August 2005, the USDA announced its 
decision to pursue a National Animal Identification System 
(NAIS) based on a public/private partnership. In anticipation 
of the development of the new system, the Committee invited 
witnesses from Australia and Canada to comment on their 
experience with implementation of a private sector-based NAIS. 
``In a relatively short period of time, both nations have moved 
forward systems that are the envy of many in the international 
livestock community, and I think their experience in developing 
these systems is well worth our time and attention,'' said 
Chairman Goodlatte. According to the USDA, animal movement data 
will be maintained in a private system that can be accessed 
when necessary by State and Federal animal health authorities 
and the system will allow for tracking of animals from point of 
origin to processing within 48 hours.
    September 28, 2005: Hearing to review the development of a 
private sector-based National Animal Identification System 
(NAIS). Subcommittee on Livestock and Horticulture. Hearing 
Serial No. 109-16.
    The purpose of this hearing was to review the development 
of a private sector-based national animal identification system 
(NAIS). In July 2005, the USDA announced plans to implement a 
NAIS. The plan is based on a public/private partnership that 
enables the private sector to maintain animal movement data 
while allowing the government quick and effective access to 
livestock information in case of a disease outbreak or other 
livestock-related health threat. Subcommittee Chairman Hayes 
sought to gain input from producer groups about the direction 
the USDA has chosen to take in animal identification. ``I 
firmly believe that the best way for a national animal ID 
program to work is for the producers and industry to work with 
USDA to develop a system, rather than having bureaucrats in 
Washington mandate a burdensome, costly program that fails to 
protect confidentiality,'' said Chairman Hayes. (Note.-- See 
the discussion for ``A. Main Legislative Activities, Animal 
ID.'')
    September 29, 2005: Hearing to review the State of the Farm 
Economy and the Impact of Federal Policy on Agriculture. 
Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management. 
Hearing Serial No. 109-17.
    The purpose of this hearing was to review the state of the 
farm economy and the impact of Federal policy on agriculture. 
Net cash farm income levels reached record highs in each of the 
past 2 years. However, USDA forecasts for 2005 indicate a 
significant dip in net farm income from 2004. Higher costs for 
energy, fertilizer, manufactured inputs, crop and livestock 
losses, and interest rates contribute to the projected decline 
in net farm income. The effects of recent natural disasters, 
including Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, are expected to further 
increase production costs for farmers. Agriculture Committee 
Ranking Member Collin Peterson said, ``We need to address the 
immediate needs of producers facing disaster situations; 
however, we must also recognize what farmers already know _ 
crop insurance and ad hoc disaster packages are often 
inadequate and unpredictable. It is time to look seriously at 
implementing a standing disaster program, so the guesswork is 
removed from our farm and nutrition programs in the event of a 
disaster. (Note.-- See the discussion for ``A. Main Legislative 
Activities, farm bill.'')
    October 26, 2005: Review of the current impact of 
Mississippi River transportation on agricultural markets. Full 
committee. Hearing Serial No. 109-18.
     The purpose of this hearing was to examine the impact that 
the current state of Mississippi River transportation is having 
on agricultural markets. Roughly 1 billion bushels of grain, or 
60 percent of U.S. grain exports, traverse the waters of the 
Mississippi annually, but damage caused by Hurricane Katrina 
temporarily disrupted shipping and export operations along the 
Mississippi and several points in the Gulf region. Furthermore, 
effects were not limited to the Gulf States. 33 States rely on 
the Mississippi River and its tributaries to move goods to the 
port facilities for export. ``Export facilities are operating 
at about 2/3 capacity due to difficulties with the barge 
logistics system and the difficulty of dealing with nearly 500 
barges containing damaged grain,'' said Chairman Goodlatte. He 
urged the USDA to make additional resources available to clear 
the barges of storm-damaged grain and get the barges back in 
operation as soon as possible.
    Mississippi River transportation has also been affected by 
severe drought conditions in the upper Midwest which caused 
reduced water levels in the Illinois and Upper Mississippi 
Rivers. Lower water levels coupled with high fuel prices and 
limited transportation options in the wake of the hurricane 
have contributed to higher barge rates. While transportation 
along the Mississippi is gradually returning to normal, it will 
be some time before the entire shipping infrastructure is 
operating at full capacity. The Committee will continue to 
monitor the progress along the Mississippi and the port 
facilities.
     November 2, 2005: Review of Agricultural Negotiations in 
the Doha Development Round. Full committee. Hearing Serial No. 
109-19.
     The purpose of this hearing was to review the status of 
the agricultural negotiations in the Doha Development Round. In 
October, U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman submitted a 
comprehensive trade proposal to the World Trade Organization to 
jumpstart the negotiations in Geneva. Previously, Chairman 
Goodlatte sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Portman 
outlining four principles which he believes will guide support 
for final agreement: (1) improvements in real market access, 
(2) greater harmonization in trade-distorting domestic support, 
(3) elimination of export subsidies, and (4) greater certainty 
and predictability regarding WTO litigation. The chairman noted 
that these principles would be very beneficial to gaining 
Congressional support for such an agreement. Chairman Goodlatte 
stated, ``Those of us interested in promoting U.S. agriculture 
around the world believe our farmers and ranchers can do better 
in world markets once barriers of all kinds are reduced or 
eliminated.'' The Committee heard testimony from Agriculture 
Secretary Mike Johanns and Ambassador Robert Portman as well as 
a variety of industry representatives. (Note.-- See the 
discussion for ``A. Main Legislative Activities, Trade.'')
    November 15, 2005: To Review Recent Litigation on Forest 
Service Firefighting and Forest Health Efforts. Full committee 
hearing. Serial No. 109-20.
    The purpose of this hearing was to review recent litigation 
involving Forest Service firefighting and forest health 
efforts. In September, a California district court ruled in the 
Earth Island Institute v. Ruthenbeck case that projects 
proposed by the Forest Service under Categorical Exclusion (CE) 
were subject to the notice, comment, and appeal provisions of 
the Appeals Reform Act (ARA). The ARA requires that Forest 
Service projects implementing National Forest plans be subject 
to public notice, comment, and appeal. Currently, projects 
without significant environmental impacts need not be subject 
to the provisions of the Appeals Reform Act and can be 
conducted using Categorical Exclusions under the National 
Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Projects conducted under a CE 
cannot deviate from a forest plan and cannot be carried out in 
a wilderness area, threatened or endangered species habitat, or 
wetlands.
    Plaintiffs in the Earth Island Institute suit and similar 
litigation claim forest development harms the forest 
environment. If the Earth Island decision is correct, it would 
require public notice and comment on the development of forest 
plans, timber sales, litigation over both forest plans and 
projects, and other minor projects which would further 
complicate the planning process and delay critical projects. 
``The forest service believes that almost 600,000 acres of fuel 
treatments will be delayed at least through the winter. Twenty 
two salvage logging projects will also be delayed, reducing the 
value of the already dead timber by at least 50 percent and 
denying badly needed economic activity to rural areas,'' said 
Chairman Goodlatte. ``Even after extensive documentation and 
public involvement, the Forest Service is still routinely sued 
by environmental advocacy groups. The question in my mind is: 
at what point have we lost sight of environmental results 
because of our excessive attention to bureaucratic process?'' 
(Note.-- See the discussion for ``A. Main Legislative 
Activities, Healthy Forests Restoration Act Implementation'')
    November 16, 2005: Review of issues related to the 
prevention detection, and eradication of avian influenza. Full 
committee. Hearing Serial No. 109-21.
    The purpose of this hearing was to review issues related to 
the prevention, detection, and eradication of avian influenza 
(AI). Recently, media and governments worldwide have raised 
extreme concern about the prevalence and dangers of an Avian 
Influenza Pandemic. Although the disease has not reached North 
America and has only been found to infect those humans who live 
and work closely with live poultry, the panic has come at a 
great cost to the U.S. poultry industry. Chairman Goodlatte 
noted that in the wake of the Avian Influenza scare, estimates 
suggest disruptions in poultry consumption are costing the U.S. 
poultry industry some $88 million per month.
    The hearing allowed Members the chance to look at the 
animal health aspects of avian influenza and current 
preventative measures employed by U.S. Department of 
Agriculture and the U.S. poultry industry. Animal and Plant 
Health Inspection Service Administrator Dr. Ron DeHaven 
testified about protecting the U.S. from the introduction of 
Asian bird flu and the safety of our nation's poultry products. 
``Producers and processors have developed strategies for 
managing this problem and continually invest considerable time 
and resources to prevent introduction of AI into their flocks. 
For the agriculture community, AI is a well-understood 
challenge that is already a part of their production routine,'' 
said Chairman Goodlatte.
    December 6, 2005. Hearing to review the U.S. Department of 
Agriculture's watershed programs. Subcommittee on Conservation, 
Credit, Rural Development and Research. Hearing Serial No. 109-
22.
    The purpose of this hearing was to review the USDA's 
watershed programs. The USDA'S Natural Resources Conservation 
Service (NRCS) administers four watershed programs including 
the Watershed Surveys and Planning Program, Watershed and Flood 
Prevention Operations Program, Watershed Rehabilitation 
Program, and Emergency Watershed Protection Program. These 
programs are designed to maintain safe drinking water, control 
erosion, preserve wildlife habitat and implement flood 
protection measures. This hearing addressed the issue of the 
more than 11,000 flood control dams that have been built across 
the U.S., many of which are approaching their 50-year life 
span. Subcommittee Chairman Lucas noted that the government 
cannot meet the funding demands due to the size and scope of 
the projects requested by the public. He asked witnesses to 
discuss whether or not the NRCS was adequately staffed to 
handle the workload and the current state of projects, as well 
as earmarks in appropriations.
    December 14, 2005. Hearing to Review Technical Procedures 
of USDA's establishment of posted county prices. Subcommittee 
on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management. Hearing Serial 
No. 109-24.
    The purpose of this hearing was to better understand how 
the USDA determines Posted County Prices (PCPs) and how 
accuracy throughout the system can be improved. USDA monitors 
and sets over 88,000 PCPs each day. PCPs are used to determine 
county level loan rates and Marketing Assistance Loan program 
benefits for commodities. Marketing Assistance Loans provide 
farmers with short-term funds to cover expenses until their 
commodities are marketed. In the event that local markets 
prices dip below the established loan rate, producers can 
choose to put the crop under loan or forgo the loan and opt for 
a Loan Deficiency Payment (LDP). The LDP is the difference 
between the loan rate and the PCP. PCP's play an integral role 
in the structure of our farm programs, and they will be 
instrumental in the development of the next farm bill.
    February 6, 2006: Field hearing to review farm policies of 
the 2002 farm bill. Full committee. Hearing Serial No. 109-25.
    The purpose of this field hearing was to listen to 
producers' concerns regarding the development next farm bill. 
This hearing was held in Fayetteville, North Carolina and was 
the first in a series of hearings the Committee plans to 
accomplish and involved testimony from two panels of witnesses 
representing the diverse agricultural interests of North 
Carolina. The 2002 farm bill provides for the continuation of 
agricultural programs and will expire in 2007.
    (Note.-- See the discussion for ``A. Main Legislative 
Activities, farm bill.'')
    February 7, 2006: Field hearing to review farm policies of 
the 2002 farm bill. Full committee. Hearing Serial No. 109-25.
    The purpose of this field hearing was to listen to 
producers' concerns regarding the development next farm bill. 
This hearing was held in Auburn, Alabama. Fifteen Members were 
present, and they heard from two panels of witnesses who gave 
testimony about the future of farm policy. This was the second 
in a series of hearings the Committee planned and was attended 
by over 200 members of the community including producers, 
officials, and students. Originally started with the 
Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1933, the 2002 farm bill 
provides for the continuation of agricultural programs and will 
expire in 2007. Participants agreed that it is imperative that 
the 2007 farm bill ensures the competitiveness of American 
producers in providing a safe and affordable food supply.
    (Note.-- See the discussion for ``A. Main Legislative 
Activities, farm bill.'')
    February 28, 2006: Field hearing reviewing the potential 
impact of Missouri River spring rises on crop insurance 
policies. Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk 
Management. Hearing Serial No. 109-26.
    The purpose of this field hearing was to discuss and review 
the possible effects of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' 
(Corps) two spring pulses, which are required by the Endangered 
Species Act to facilitate the spawning of the endangered pallid 
sturgeon. Subcommittee Chairman Moran heard from many witnesses 
who raised the concern that the USDA's Risk Management Agency 
(RMA) will not cover any possible crop loss due to the Corps' 
spring pulses. Eldon Gould, Administrator of the RMA, stated at 
the hearing that the RMA would not make and Federal crop 
insurance payments because the action is a Federal mandate and 
not a natural occurrence. Farmers and representatives of other 
groups protested the RMA's inability to make payments for any 
loses that might result from the Corps actions.
    March 3, 2006: Field hearing reviewing Federal farm policy 
of the 2002 farm bill. Full committee. Hearing Serial No. 109-
25.
    This was the third hearing in a series of hearings 
scheduled to listen to producers' concerns about the enactment 
of the next farm bill. It was held in Stockton, California, to 
review the 2002 farm bill. Committee members heard from two 
panels of witnesses including producers, packers and marketers, 
and agribusiness leaders on a wide variety of farm policy 
issues. There were mixed feelings about the 2007 farm bill. 
Some witnesses advocated for a continuation of the current 
policies while others urged further examination of United 
States farm policy. It is essential for policymakers to listen 
to the testimony from those who will be directly and indirectly 
affected by the 2007 farm bill. All participants seemed to 
agree that the U.S. needs a policy that will continue to 
promote the competitiveness of U.S. producers. (Note.-- See the 
discussion for ``A. Main Legislative Activities, farm bill.'')
    March 4, 2006: Field hearing held to review the farm policy 
of the 2002 farm bill. Full committee. Hearing Serial No. 109-
25.
    In Nebraska City, Nebraska, members of the House Committee 
on Agriculture heard from local producers, agribusiness 
leaders, and agriculture officials who gave testimony 
concerning the upcoming 2007 farm bill. This fourth hearing of 
the series discussed a wide range of issues such as renewable 
energy, commodity programs, rural development. Some of the 
witnesses expressed concern over the tightened budget, while 
others focused more on the legislation itself and the World 
Trade Organization negotiations. Members continued examining 
the feedback from individuals representing all aspects of U.S. 
agriculture. (Note.-- See the discussion for ``A. Main 
Legislative Activities, farm bill.'')
    March 15, 2006: Public hearing reviewing Federal crop 
insurance. Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk 
Management. Hearing Serial No. 109-27.
    Subcommittee Chairman Jerry Moran convened a hearing to 
hear from experts and representatives about the Federal crop 
insurance program. Witnesses discussed important topics such as 
multiple-year losses, disaster assistance, and a premium 
reduction plan, and the upcoming farm bill reauthorization. The 
program, which began in 1930, has changed over the years with 
one of the most significant changes being the Federal Crop 
Insurance Act of 1980 which created a partnership between the 
Federal Government and private insurance companies within the 
program. Crop insurance has been mentioned repeatedly in the 
recent field hearings reviewing Federal farm policy and will be 
one subject of focus when the drafting of the legislation 
begins.
    March 28, 2006: Field hearing held to review Federal 
commodity programs. Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities 
and Risk Management. Hearing Serial No. 109-28.
    In Valdosta, Georgia, members of the subcommittee heard 
testimony on a variety of farm policy issues related to the 
upcoming farm bill including commodity programs, export 
markets, market access, and crop insurance. This is the 
subcommittee's first in a series of hearings to review the 2002 
farm bill. Witnesses reflected the diversity of Georgia's 
agricultural production and included poultry, cotton, peanut, 
livestock, soybean, wheat, corn, fruit and vegetable producers. 
Agriculture is Georgia's largest industry, contributing over 
$5.1 billion annually in cash receipts to the State's economy. 
Georgia ranks first in the Nation in the production of poultry, 
eggs and peanuts and second in cotton production. (Note.-- See 
the discussion for ``A. Main Legislative Activities, farm 
bill.'')
    March 30, 2006: Public hearing reviewing farm bill rural 
development title. Subcommittee on Conservation, Credit, Rural 
Development and Research. Hearing Serial No. 109-29.
    Subcommittee Chairman Frank Lucas chaired a hearing to 
review rural development programs and examine the rural 
development title of the 2002 farm bill. The Agriculture 
Committee provided an estimated $870 million in the 2002 farm 
bill for programs such as rural broadcast and broadband 
services, rural strategic investment, and rural business 
investment, as well as value-added market development grants 
and drinking water assistance grants. The subcommittee heard 
form a wide variety of witnesses including the USDA's Under 
Secretary for Rural Development, Thomas Dorr, as well as 
representatives of various rural development agencies and 
organizations. (Note.-- See the discussion for ``A. Main 
Legislative Activities, farm bill.'')
    April 26, 2006: Public hearing reviewing Federal crop 
insurance. Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk 
Management. Hearing Serial No. 109-27.
    Subcommittee Chairman Jerry Moran convened the second in a 
series of two hearings to review the Federal crop insurance 
program. The hearing provided the subcommittee with an 
opportunity to gather feedback from producers about the 
delivery and implementation of the program. Federal crop 
insurance is designed to help agricultural producers mitigate 
unavoidable risks that directly affect the agriculture industry 
such as adverse weather, natural disasters, disease and insect 
infestation. The Federal crop insurance program was created in 
1930 and has undergone significant legislative reform in 
subsequent years. Changes have helped make crop insurance more 
affordable for farmers and increase participation rates.
    April 27, 2006: Public hearing reviewing futures markets 
and gasoline prices. Full committee. Hearing Serial No. 109-30.
    Chairman Bob Goodlatte chaired a hearing to review the role 
of futures markets in determining gasoline prices. As the 
average price of gas nationwide approached $3, Chairman 
Goodlatte sought to ensure that activity on the futures markets 
was not unduly influencing the high price of gasoline. The 
regulation of the futures market falls under the Committee's 
jurisdiction. The chairman's goal was to determine if there is 
indeed reason to believe there are problems in the futures 
market, what type of surveillance is being conducted to prevent 
and detect manipulation and if the regulators are equipped with 
the appropriate authority and enforcement mechanisms needed. 
Witnesses Walter Lukken, Commodity Futures Trading Commission 
Commissioner, and James Newsome, President and CEO of the New 
York Mercantile Exchange, testified that they had not 
discovered any manipulation or inappropriate activity in the 
futures market. The witnesses testified that they believed they 
had sufficient tools and authority to prevent and detect 
manipulation in the futures market.
    May 1, 2006: Review of Federal commodity programs. 
Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management. 
Hearing Serial No. 109-28.
    The subcommittee met to review Federal commodity programs 
as part of its ongoing effort to assess various aspects of the 
2002 farm bill. Convening in Coolidge, Arizona, the 
subcommittee heard firsthand from producers affected by Federal 
agricultural policies, such as livestock programs, land values 
and crop insurance. In addition to echoing concerns shared by 
many U.S. farmers, the witnesses focused on matters especially 
important to Southwestern producers, such as the scarcity of 
irrigation water and increasing land development costs. 
(Note.-- See the discussion for ``A. Main Legislative 
Activities, farm bill.'')
    May 1, 2006: Review of conservation, credit, and rural 
development programs. Subcommittee on Conservation, Credit, 
Rural Development, and Research. Hearing Serial No. 109-31.
    The subcommittee convened in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to 
review programs under the subcommittee's jurisdiction in 
anticipation of reauthorizing the 2002 farm bill. Subcommittee 
members heard from two panels of witnesses, which included 
dairy, livestock, and specialty crop producers and reflected 
the diversity of Pennsylvania's agricultural sector. 
Subcommittee Chairman Lucas voiced his intention to hold 
several additional hearings to specifically examine various 
conservation, credit, and rural development programs prior to 
the 2002 farm bill's expiration.
    May 8, 2006: Review of Federal farm policy. Full committee. 
Hearing Serial No. 109-25.
    The Committee continued its review of the 2002 farm bill by 
holding its fifth field hearing to examine Federal farm policy. 
Committee members convening in Greeley, Colorado heard from two 
panels of witnesses comprised of local producers. The witnesses 
expressed concerns of particular significance to Colorado 
agriculture, such as public land issues, irrigation water 
scarcity and program crop support. Several producers also 
conveyed the importance of livestock to the Coloradan economy, 
75.5 percent of which derives from livestock cash receipts. 
Chairman Goodlatte used the public forum to announce the launch 
of a web-based feedback form located on the Committee's 
website, which is intended to provide producers throughout the 
country with an opportunity to contribute input about farm 
policy. (Note.-- See the discussion for ``A. Main Legislative 
Activities, farm bill.'')
    May 9, 2006: Review of Federal farm policy. Full committee. 
Hearing Serial No. 109-25.
    The Committee held its sixth farm bill field hearing in an 
effort to hear directly from producers across the country. 
Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas, served as the 
site for the hearing, which attracted over two hundred 
producers, agribusiness leaders, and agriculture officials. Two 
panels of witnesses, representing more than fifteen types of 
agricultural production, testified on issues ranging from 
commodity loan rates to World Trade Organization negotiations. 
Chairman Goodlatte noted the significance of meeting in Texas, 
as Texas accounted for about seven percent of the total U.S. 
agricultural income at the time of the hearing. (Note.-- See 
the discussion for ``A. Main Legislative Activities, farm 
bill.'')
    May 22, 2006: Field hearing reviewing the future of 
renewable fuels and flex-fuel vehicles. Subcommittee on 
Department Operations, Oversight, Dairy, Nutrition, and 
Forestry. Hearing Serial No. 109-32.
    Subcommittee Chairman Gil Gutknecht conducted this field 
hearing in order to review the future of renewable fuels and 
flex-fuel vehicles. Chairman Gutknecht, Ms. Herseth, Mr. King, 
and Mrs. Schmidt were present to hear testimony from three 
panels of witnesses. Though not mentioned in the title of the 
subcommittee, Chairman Gutknecht's subcommittee has 
jurisdiction over the agricultural aspect of the renewable 
fuels issue. Chairman Gutknecht stated that the most beneficial 
thing that can be done for ethanol and biodiesel would be the 
creation of markets. The first panel featured Undersecretary 
for Rural Development Thomas Dorr. The second panel and third 
panel consisted of producers and other business professionals 
who discussed the growth in the renewable fuel sector.
    May 31, 2006: Public Forum to review the State of the Upper 
Midwest Dairy Industry. Subcommittee on Department Operations, 
Oversight, Dairy, Nutrition, and Forestry. Committee Print No. 
109-02.
    Chairman Gutknecht called this forum to order to review the 
tate of the upper Midwest dairy industry. In his opening 
remarks, Chairman Gutknecht stated that the dairy industry has 
changed significantly in recent years. He said it can no longer 
be looked at from a regional perspective or even a domestic 
one. Three panels of witnesses offered comments, including 
Agricultural Marketing Service Administrator Lloyd Day, Upper 
Midwest Milk Marketing Area Administrator Paul Kyburz, Dr. Bob 
Cropp from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and leaders 
from the region's dairy associations, cooperatives, and 
processing companies. The Minnesota and Wisconsin dairy 
industries have a $23 billion economic impact on their States, 
including nearly 190,000 jobs. Minnesota and Wisconsin are 
among the top dairy producing and processing States in the 
nation. Approximately 90 people attended this forum. It was the 
third meeting Chairman Gutknecht convened to gather feedback 
from producers regarding programs under his subcommittee's 
jurisdiction.
    June 10, 2006: Field hearing to review Federal farm policy. 
Full committee. Hearing Serial No. 109-25.
    Chairman Goodlatte called this field hearing to order to 
review Federal farm policy. Seven committee members and three 
other Members of Congress attended the hearing and heard from 
two panels of witnesses about a variety of farm policy issues 
including specialty crops, conservation programs, labor, and 
marketing issues. The field hearing gave Members of Congress a 
chance to hear directly from farmers in the Pacific Northwest 
about their experience with farm programs and their vision for 
future farm policy. (Note.-- See the discussion for ``A. Main 
Legislative Activities, farm bill.'')
    June 15, 2006: Review of Efforts to Eliminate Waste, Fraud 
and Abuse in the Crop Insurance Program. Subcommittee on 
General Farm Commodities and Risk Management. Hearing Serial 
No. 109-33.
    Chairman Moran called this hearing to review efforts to 
eliminate waste, fraud, and abuse in the crop insurance 
program. In a House-wide effort to curb wasteful spending, 
Chairman Moran exercised the subcommittee oversight authority 
to determine if sufficient prevention and detection efforts are 
in place in the administration of the crop insurance program. 
As farming is an inherently risky enterprise, many producers 
rely on insurance policies to protect their investments in 
land, livestock, seed, and crops. In order to ensure that 
insurance options aware available to producers, the Congress 
passed the Federal Crop Insurance Act of 1980 and created a 
unique partnership between private insurance companies and the 
Federal Government within the crop insurance program. In 2005, 
the program provided producers with over $44 billion in 
liability protection through about 1.2 million policies. The 
RMA estimates less than one half of one percent of the agency's 
spending in 2005 was a result of waste, fraud, and abuse. 
Members heard from two panels of witnesses. The subcommittee 
plans on continuing to closely monitor the crop insurance 
program as well as other programs under its jurisdiction to 
ensure that administering agencies have the authority and tools 
needed to curb waste, fraud, and abuse.
    June 26, 2006: Field hearing to review Federal farm policy. 
Full committee. Hearing Serial No. 109-25.
    Chairman Goodlatte called this field hearing in 
Canandaigua, New York, to review Federal farm policy. Seven 
members of the Committee attended the hearing. These Members 
heard from two panels of witnesses about a variety of farm 
policy issues including, specialty crops, forestry, crop 
insurance, WTO negotiations, research, and dairy issues. In 
2004, New York's agricultural generated more than $3.6 billion. 
Dairy is the State's leading agricultural product and accounts 
for one-half of all receipts. New York ranks third in the 
Nation in dairy production. The State also produces a variety 
of specialty crops, livestock, fruits and vegetables, and 
traditional row crops including hay, soybeans, corn, oats and 
wheat. (Note.-- See the discussion for ``A. Main Legislative 
Activities, farm bill.'')
    June 29, 2006: Review of agriculture's role in the 
renewable fuels market. Full committee. Hearing Serial No. 109-
34.
    The purpose of this hearing was to review the role of 
agriculture in the renewable fuels market. As the U.S. strives 
to become more energy independent, renewable fuels derived from 
agricultural products and byproducts play an increasingly 
prominent role in this effort. The renewable energy market 
provides America's farmers and ranchers with new opportunities 
to market their products and even to generate revenue from 
traditional waste products. The Energy Policy Act, signed into 
law by the President in 2005, contained a renewable fuels 
standard (RFS) provision, the purpose of which is to increase 
renewable fuels production to 7.5 billion gallons by 2012. In 
early June, Chairman Goodlatte and Ranking Minority Member 
Collin Peterson introduced a resolution, H. Con. Res. 424, 
setting a goal of producing 25 percent of the total energy 
consumed in the U.S. on America's farms, ranches, and in 
forests by the year 2025. The Committee heard from three panels 
of witnesses including Under Secretary for Rural Development 
Tom Dorr who spoke about the President's Advanced Energy 
Initiative as well as representatives from General Motors, 
Iogen, and the Agriculture Utilization Research Institute. 
Additionally, witnesses representing a variety of agricultural 
producer groups provided testimony.
    July 17, 2006: Field hearing to review Federal farm policy. 
Full committee. Hearing Serial No. 109-25.
    Chairman Goodlatte called a field hearing in Staunton, 
Virginia, to review Federal farm policy. Staunton, Virginia, is 
located in the heart of Virginia's Sixth Congressional 
District, the district represented by Chairman Goodlatte. 
Approximately 250 producers and agriculture officials attended 
the hearing. There are 47,600 farms in Virginia, averaging 181 
acres in size and employing more than 48,000 full-time and 
part-time workers. Taken together, agriculture and forestry are 
Virginia's No. 1 industry, contributing more than $47 billion 
to the State economy annually and representing more than 15 
percent of total employment. Two panels of witnesses appeared 
before the Committee and provided a broad overview of 
Virginia's multi-faceted agricultural economy. Fourteen members 
of the Committee attended the hearing. (Note.-- See the 
discussion for ``A. Main Legislative Activities, farm bill.'')
    July 22, 2006: Field hearing to review Federal farm policy. 
Full committee. Hearing Serial No. 109-25.
    Chairman Goodlatte and Ranking Minority Member Collin 
Peterson convened a field hearing to review Federal farm policy 
in Marshall, Minnesota. Marshall, Minnesota is located in 
Minnesota's Seventh Congressional District, the district 
represented by Ranking Member Peterson. Approximately 150 
producers and local officials attended the hearing. Two panels 
of witnesses appeared before the Committee and provided a broad 
overview of Minnesota's diverse agricultural economy. (Note.-- 
See the discussion for ``A. Main Legislative Activities, farm 
bill.'')
    July 24, 2006: Field hearing to review Federal farm policy. 
Full committee. Hearing Serial No. 109-25.
    Chairman Goodlatte convened the Committee's final field 
hearing to review Federal farm policy in Scottsburg, Indiana. 
Twelve Committee members attended the hearing and heard from 
two panels of witnesses representing agricultural producers in 
Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, and Michigan. Indiana agricultural 
production contributes roughly $25 billion to Indian's economy. 
The agriculture sector employs 16 percent of the State's 
population and produces $5.5 billion in cash farm receipts. 
(Note.-- See the discussion for ``A. Main Legislative 
Activities, farm bill.'')
    July 27, 2006: Hearing to review conservation issues. 
Subcommittee on Conservation, Credit, Rural Development and 
Research. Hearing Serial No. 109-31.
    Chairman Frank Lucas convened a hearing to review 
conservation programs. This was the first in a series of 
hearings the purpose of which is to examine conservation issues 
and help determine priorities for next farm bill. The 2002 farm 
bill has been characterized as the ``greenest'' farm bill to 
date. It created new voluntary incentive programs and increased 
funding for conservation programs by more than 80 percent. The 
Committee heard from two panels of witnesses including Mark 
Rey, the USDA's Undersecretary for Natural Resources and 
Environment, and various industry representatives. (Note.-- See 
the discussion for ``A. Main Legislative Activities, farm 
bill.'')
    July 31, 2006: Field hearing to review Federal farm policy. 
Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management. 
Hearing Serial No. 109-28.
    Chairman Moran convened a field hearing in Wall, South 
Dakota, to review programs under the Committee's jurisdiction. 
This was the subcommittee's third hearing in a series of 
hearings to review risk management and commodity programs in 
anticipation of the reauthorization of farm programs next year. 
The hearing included discussions about payment limitations, 
disaster assistance, livestock programs, conservation, and 
marketing programs. The five members that attended the hearing 
heard from two panels of witnesses. (Note.-- See the discussion 
for ``A. Main Legislative Activities, farm bill.'')
    July 31, 2006: Field hearing to review Federal farm policy. 
Subcommittee on Livestock and Horticulture. Hearing Serial No. 
109-109-37.
    Chairman Hayes convened a hearing in Sioux Center, Iowa, to 
hear from Iowa's agricultural producers about current farm 
policy and to gather input about future farm policy. The 
subcommittee heard from two panels of witnesses representing 
Iowa agriculture industry including livestock, crop, vegetable, 
and grain producers.
    (Note.-- See the discussion for ``A. Main Legislative 
Activities, farm bill.'')
    September 13, 2006: Hearing to review Federal farm policy. 
Full committee. Hearing Serial No. 109-38.
    Chairman Goodlatte convened a meeting of the full 
Agriculture Committee to hear testimony from agriculture 
processors and suppliers from across the nation. The Committee 
has been conducting field hearings across the U.S. to review 
Federal farm policy in anticipation of the creation of the next 
farm bill; this was the first in a long series hearings on the 
topic planned for Washington, DC. The meeting was attended by 
28 members of the Committee. Witnesses expressed concern that 
an increased demand in biofuels will adversely affect 
conservation efforts. Chairman Goodlatte noted that due to 
budget constraints affecting the Federal Government, it is 
likely the new farm bill budget will be the same size as the 
current version, if not smaller. (Note.-- See the discussion 
for ``A. Main Legislative Activities, farm bill.'')
    September 14, 2006: Hearing to review Federal farm policy. 
Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management. 
Hearing Serial No. 109-28.
    Chairman Moran convened a hearing to hear testimony about 
Federal farm policy. The witnesses were former Secretaries of 
Agriculture John Block, Clayton Yeutter and Dan Glickman. The 
18 members of the subcommittee who were present heard an array 
of testimony from the former secretaries about the formation of 
previous farm bills. It marked the first time in the 180-year 
history of the Agriculture Committee that a panel of former 
members testified before the Committee. The secretaries noted 
the different climate in which the next farm bill will be 
written. They pointed out the possible effects of a new WTO 
agreement and noted that a new agreement must be a 
consideration in formulating the next farm bill. (Note.-- See 
the discussion for ``A. Main Legislative Activities, farm 
bill.'')
    September 16, 2006: Hearing to review California Dairy 
Industry. Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, 
Dairy, Nutrition, and Forestry. Hearing Serial No. 109-39.
    Chairman Gil Gutknecht convened a hearing in Fresno, 
California, to hear testimony from dairy producers and 
processors from across the State. The hearing was one in a 
serious of meetings held by Chairman Gutknecht to hear from the 
dairy industry before formulating the next farm bill. The 
meeting was attended by two other members of the Agriculture 
Committee, Reps. Dennis Cardoza and Jim Costa. California is 
the country's leading producer of milk, yielding 19 percent of 
the national milk supply. Additionally, one out of every six 
dairy cows in the Nation is located on one of California's 
2,200 dairy farms.
    September 18, 2006: Hearing to review Federal farm policy. 
Subcommittee on Conservation, Credit, Rural Development and 
Research. Hearing Serial No. 109-31.
    Chairman Frank Lucas convened a hearing of his subcommittee 
to hear from Oklahoma producers in anticipation of writing the 
new farm bill next year. The meeting was also attended by 
Agriculture Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte as well as 
Representative Tim Holden. Several of the witnesses noted that 
drought and other natural disasters must be factored into the 
writing of the next farm bill. The producers noted that a 
significant percentage of farmland in Oklahoma is in a flood 
plain. The witnesses further pointed out how rising fertilizer 
and fuel costs have been difficult for the agriculture 
community to endure. (Note.-- See the discussion for ``A. Main 
Legislative Activities, farm bill.'')
    September 20, 2006: Hearing to review Federal farm policy. 
Full committee. Hearing Serial No. 109-38.
    Chairman Goodlatte convened a meeting of the full 
Agriculture Committee to hear testimony from agriculture 
producers and commodity group representatives. The hearing was 
the 13th of the year, and the 2nd hearing in Washington, to 
review Federal farm policy in anticipation of the 
reauthorization of the farm bill. The 27 Members present heard 
testimony from witnesses who asked the Committee to consider 
the timing of the new farm bill and how it will be affected by 
trade negotiations. Several witnesses spoke of the importance 
of maintaining the agricultural safety net in the next farm 
bill. Many of the witnesses also stressed the need to continue 
existing conservation programs. (Note.-- See the discussion for 
``A. Main Legislative Activities, farm bill.'')
    September 21, 2006: Hearing to review Federal farm policy. 
Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management. 
Hearing Serial No. 109-28.
    Chairman Moran convened a hearing to review Federal farm 
policy in anticipation of the reauthorization of the farm bill. 
Five agricultural economists testified before the Committee 
about the role farm economics will play in the formulation of 
the next farm bill. The group discussed how pending trade 
agreements will affect the formulation of farm policy. The 
economists spent extensive time discussing commodity supports 
and crop insurance. (Note.-- See the discussion for ``A. Main 
Legislative Activities, farm bill.'')
    September 26, 2006: Hearing to review Federal farm policy. 
subcommittee on Livestock and Horticulture. Hearing Serial No. 
109-37.
    Chairman Hayes convened this hearing of his subcommittee to 
hear from a panel of specialty crop farmers. The hearing was 
held in anticipation of the reauthorization of the farm bill. 
The 18 members of the subcommittee present heard from a seven-
person panel about the issues facing specialty crop producers 
in the coming years. The panel members highlighted the need for 
more research money for specialty crops in order for the sector 
to remain competitive. Specialty crops yield half of the 
revenue of the agriculture industry in the United States and 
are produced in all 50 States. (Note.-- See the discussion for 
``A. Main Legislative Activities, farm bill.'')
    September 28, 2006: Hearing to review EPA pesticide 
program. Subcommittee on Conservation, Credit, Rural 
Development and Research. Hearing Serial No. 109-40.
    Chairman Lucas convened a hearing of his subcommittee to 
review EPA pesticide regulation. The hearing was attended by 10 
members who heard from three witnesses. The witnesses testified 
about the Food Quality Protection Act (FQPA), which marked its 
10-year anniversary this year, as well as the Pesticide 
Registration Improvement Act, which is scheduled to be 
reauthorized in 2008. The members heard from witnesses 
regarding the ongoing efforts to harmonize pesticide labeling 
between the United States and Canada as mandated by the North 
American Free Trade Agreement. The panel mentioned the 
difficulty of harmonizing the two countries' standards while 
maintaining a high level of quality and efficacy for 
pesticides. Of particular concern discussed by subcommittee 
members regarding EPA's recently published ``National Ambient 
Air Quality Standards'' that eliminated the earlier proposed 
exemption from the course particulate matter standard for 
agriculture and mining sources.

2. Legislative Hearings

    September 7, 2005: Hearing on the Impact of the Kelo v. 
City of New London decision and H.R. 3405, the ``Strengthening 
the Ownership of Private Property (STOPP) Act of 2005.'' Full 
committee. Hearing Serial No. 109-15.
    The purpose of the hearing was to examine the impact of the 
Kelo v. City of New London decision and to analyze the merits 
of H.R. 3405, the ``Strengthening the Ownership of Private 
Property (STOPP) Act of 2005.'' On June 23, 2005 the U.S. 
Supreme Court ruled in favor of the city of New London, 
Connecticut, expanding the authority of State and local 
governments to use the powers of eminent domain to sieze homes 
and businesses from individuals under the guise of economic 
improvement, increased tax revenue, job creation or the like. A 
week after the Court's ruling, the House, by a margin of 10 to 
1, passed a motion disagreeing with the Court. This was the 
first hearing held by the House of Representatives to examine 
potential effects of this ruling. ``Private ownership of 
property is vital to our freedom and our prosperity and is one 
of the most fundamental principles embedded in the U.S. 
Constitution,'' said Chairman Bob Goodlatte. The STOPP Act 
mandates that if a State or local government uses eminent 
domain for economic development and takes land from one private 
entity to give to another, then that State or locality will not 
be eligible to receive Federal funding for any projects 
receiving Federal economic development assistance. Chairman 
Goodlatte further stated, ``No one should have to live in fear 
of the government snatching up his home, farm, or business, and 
I am committed to ensuring that our rights are protected as the 
founders intended.'' (Note.-- See the discussion for H.R. 4128 
under ``5. Bills Acted on by the House But Not the Senate'', 
and H.R. 3405 under ``7. Bill Reported to the House But Not 
Considered.'' See also the discussion under ``A. Main 
Legislative Activities, Eminent Domain.'')
    December 7, 2005. Hearing to Review H.R. 4200 The Forest 
Emergency Recovery and Research Act. Full committee. Hearing 
Serial No. 109-23.
    The purpose of the hearing was to review H.R. 4200, the 
Forest Emergency Recovery and Research Act which was introduced 
in early November. The Forest Emergency Recovery and Research 
Act provides a mechanism to quickly repair forests damaged by 
catastrophic events such as fires, ice storms, or hurricanes. 
Over one million acres of national forests are in need of 
reforestation and the number is steadily increasing with each 
catastrophic event. Areas already in need of reforestation are 
more susceptible to forest fires, invasive species and insect 
outbreaks. H.R. 4200 would enable land managers to engage in 
active management practices to restore forest health by 
removing excess fuel loads and dead and dying trees, improving 
water and air quality, restoring landscapes and species habitat 
and preventing a further backlog of reforestation projects.
    (Note.-- See the discussion for H.R. 4200 under ``5. Bills 
Acted on by the House But Not the Senate'', and ``A. Main 
Legislative Activities, Healthy Forests Restoration Act 
Implementation.'')
    July 20, 2006: Hearing to review H.R. 3849--the PIC and 
POPs Conventions and the LRTAP POPs Protocol Implementation 
Act. Full committee. Hearing Serial No. 109-35.
    Chairman Goodlatte convened a hearing to review H.R. 3849, 
legislation necessary to ratify three international treaties 
regulating the use of chemicals to protect human health as well 
as environmental health. The treaties involved include: the 
Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (PICs), 
the Protocol on Persistent Organic Pollutants to the Convention 
on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution (LRTAP POPs), and the 
Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure 
for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International 
Trade (POPs). H.R. 3849 would amend the Federal Insecticide, 
Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) to put the U.S. in 
compliance with the treaties. (Note.-- See the discussion for 
H.R. 3849 under ``7. Bills Reported to the House But Not 
Considered.'')
    July 27, 2006: Hearing to review H.R. 503 _ to amend the 
Horse Protection Act to prohibit the shipping, transporting, 
moving, delivering, receiving, possessing, purchasing, selling, 
or donation of horses and other equines to be slaughtered for 
human consumption, and for other purposes. Full committee. 
Hearing Serial No. 109-36.
    Chairman Goodlatte convened a hearing to review H.R. 503, a 
bill to amend the Horse Protection Act to prohibit the 
shipping, transporting, moving, delivering, receiving, 
possessing, purchasing, selling, or donation of horses and 
other equines to be slaughtered for human consumption. 
Immediately following the hearing, the Committee convened a 
business meeting to consider H.R. 503. H.R. 503 was ordered to 
be reported, as amended, ``unfavorably to the House with a 
recommendation that it not be agreed upon'' by a 37-3 vote. Six 
amendments were offered and agreed to by voice vote. During the 
hearing, the Committee heard from two panels of witnesses 
including the Honorable Don Sherwood, former Agriculture 
Committee Ranking Minority Member Charlie Stenholm as well as 
witnesses representing organizations that oppose the bill. 
(Note.-- See the discussion for H.R. 503 under ``5. Bills Acted 
on by the House But Not the Senate.'')

                  E. PRINTED HEARINGS (BY SERIAL NO.)

    109-1 U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE'S RULE PROVIDING FOR 
CANADIAN BEEF AND CATTLE IMPORTS. Full committee. March 1, 
2005.
    109-2 REAUTHORIZATION OF THE COMMODITY FUTURES TRADING 
COMMISSION. Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk 
Management. March 3, 9, 2005.
    109-3 METHYL BROMIDE CRITICAL USE EXEMPTION (CUE) PROCESS 
UNDER THE MONTREAL PROTOCOL. Subcommittee on Conservation, 
Credit, Rural Development, and Research. March 10, 2005.
    109-4 U.S. AGRICULTURAL TRADE WITH CUBA. Full committee. 
March 16, 2005.
    109-5 SECURE RURAL SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITY SELF DETERMINATION 
ACT OF 2000. Full committee. April 21, 2005.
    109-6 ASIAN SOYBEAN RUST. Subcommittee on Conservation, 
Credit, Rural Development, and Research and Subcommittee on 
General Farm Commodities and Risk Management. April 27, 2005.
    109-7 FEDERAL CROP INSURANCE SYSTEM. Subcommittee on 
General Farm Commodities and Risk Management. May 4, 2005.
    109-8 U.S. GRAIN STANDARDS ACT. Subcommittee on General 
Farm Commodities and Risk Management. May 24, 2005.
    109-9 NATIONAL FOREST LAND MANAGEMENT PLANNING. Full 
committee. May 25, 2005.
    109-10 FOOD AID PROGRAMS. Subcommittee on Specialty Crops 
and Foreign Agriculture Programs. June 16, 2005.
    109-11 U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE FOREST SERVICE 
CENTENNIAL. Full committee. June 22, 2005.
    109-12 AGRICULTURE'S ROLE IN A RENEWABLE FUELS STANDARD. 
Full committee. July 21, 2005.
    109-13 AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH. Subcommittee on Conservation, 
Credit, Rural Development, and Research. August 12, 2005 (Miles 
City, MT).
    109-14 SPECIALTY CROP INDUSTRY. Subcommittee on Livestock 
and Horticulture. August 26, 2005 (Lodi, CA).
    109-15 KELO V. CITY OF NEW LONDON AND H.R. 3405, 
STRENGTHENING THE OWNERSHIP OF PRIVATE PROPERTY (STOPP) ACT OF 
2005. Full committee. September 7, 2005.
    109-16 NATIONAL ANIMAL IDENTIFICATION SYSTEMS. Full 
committee. September 15, 2005. Subcommittee on Livestock and 
Horticulture. September 28, 2005.
    109-17 FARM ECONOMY AND THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF FEDERAL 
POLICY ON AGRICULTURE. Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities 
and Risk Management. September 29, 2005.
    109-18 MISSISSIPPI RIVER TRANSPORTATION ON AGRICULTURAL 
MARKETS. Full committee. October 26, 2005.
    109-19 AGRICULTURAL NEGOTIATIONS IN THE DOHA DEVELOPMENT 
ROUND. Full committee. November 2, 2005.
    109-20 FOREST SERVICE FIREFIGHTING AND FOREST HEALTH 
EFFORTS. Full committee. November 15, 2005.
    109-21 AVIAN INFLUENZA. Full committee. November 16, 2005.
    109-22 U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE'S WATERSHED PROGRAMS. 
Subcommittee on Conservation, Credit, Rural Development, and 
Research. December 6, 2005.
    109-23 FOREST EMERGENCY RECOVERY AND RESEARCH ACT (H.R. 
4200). Full committee. December 7, 2005.
    109-24 U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE'S ESTABLISHMENT OF 
POSTED COUNTY PRICES. Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities 
and Risk Management. December 14, 2005.
    109-25 FEDERAL FARM POLICY. Full committee. February 6, 
2006 (Fayetteville, NC), February 7, 2006 (Auburn, AL), March 
3, 2006 (Stockton, CA), March 4, 2006 (Nebraska City, NE), May 
8, 2006 (Greeley, CO), May 9, 2006 (San Angelo, TX), June 10, 
2006 (Yakima, WA), June 26, 2006 (Canandaigua, NY), July 17, 
2006 (Staunton, VA), July 22, 2006 (Marshall, MN), and July 24, 
2006 (Scottsburg, IN).
    109-26 MISSOURI RIVER SPRING RISES ON CROP INSURANCE 
POLICES. Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk 
Management. February 28, 2006 (Jefferson City, MO).
    109-27 FEDERAL CROP INSURANCE SYSTEM. Subcommittee on 
General Farm Commodities and Risk Management. March 15, April 
26, 2006.
    109-28 FEDERAL FARM POLICY. Subcommittee on General Farm 
Commodities and Risk Management. March 28, 2006 (Valdosta, GA), 
May 1, 2006 (Coolidge, AZ), July 31, 2006 (Wall, SD), September 
14, 2006, and September 21, 2006.
    109-29 RURAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS. Subcommittee on 
Conservation, Credit, Rural Development and Research. March 30, 
2006.
    109-30 FUTURES MARKET AND GASOLINE PRICES. Full committee. 
April 27, 2006.
    109-31 CONSERVATION, CREDIT, AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT 
PROGRAMS. Subcommittee on Conservation, Credit, Rural 
Development, and Research. May 1, 2006 (Harrisburg, PA, July 
27, 2006, and September 18, 2006 (El Reno, OK).
    109-32 RENEWABLE FUELS AND FLEX-FUEL VEHICLES. Subcommittee 
on Department Operations, Oversight, Dairy, Nutrition, and 
Forestry. May 22, 2006 (Rochester, MI).
    109-33 CROP INSURANCE PROGRAM. Subcommittee on General Farm 
Commodities and Risk Management. June 15, 2006.
    109-34 RENEWABLE FUELS MARKET. Full committee. June 29, 
2006.
    109-35 PIC AND POPS CONVENTIONS AND THE LRTAP POPS PROTOCOL 
IMPLEMENTATION ACT (H.R. 3849). Full committee. July 20, 2006.
    109-36 HORSE PROTECTION ACT (H.R. 503). Full committee. 
July 27, 2006.
    109-37 FEDERAL FARM POLICY. Subcommittee on Livestock and 
Horticulture. July 31, 2006 (Sioux Center, IA), August 28, 2006 
(Springfield, MO), and September 26, 2006.
    109-38 FEDERAL FARM POLICY. Full committee. September 13, 
20, 2006.
    109-39 CALIFORNIA DAIRY INDUSTRY. Subcommittee on 
Department Operations, Oversight, Dairy, Nutrition, and 
Forestry. September 16, 2006 (Fresno, CA).
    109-40 EPA PESTICIDE PROGRAM. Subcommittee on Conservation, 
Credit, Rural Development, and Research. September 28, 2006.

                      PRINTED HEARINGS (BY SUBJECT)

    AGRICULTURAL NEGOTIATIONS IN THE DOHA DEVELOPMENT ROUND. 
Full committee. November 2, 2005. Serial 109-19.
    AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH. Subcommittee on Conservation, 
Credit, Rural Development, and Research. August 12, 2005 (Miles 
City, MT). Serial 109-13.
    AGRICULTURE'S ROLE IN A RENEWABLE FUELS STANDARD. Full 
committee. July 21, 2005. Serial 109-12.
    ASIAN SOYBEAN RUST. Subcommittee on Conservation, Credit, 
Rural Development, and Research and Subcommittee on General 
Farm Commodities and Risk Management. April 27, 2005. Serial 
109-6.
    AVIAN INFLUENZA. Full committee. November 16, 2005. Serial 
109-21.
    CALIFORNIA DAIRY INDUSTRY. Subcommittee on Department 
Operations, Oversight, Dairy, Nutrition, and Forestry. 
September 16, 2006 (Fresno, CA). Serial 109-39.
    CONSERVATION, CREDIT, AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS. 
Subcommittee on Conservation, Credit, Rural Development, and 
Research. May 1, 2006 (Harrisburg, PA); July 27, 2006, and 
September 18, 2006 (El Reno, OK). Serial 109-31.
    CROP INSURANCE PROGRAM. Subcommittee on General Farm 
Commodities and Risk Management. June 15, 2006. Serial 109-33.
    EPA PESTICIDE PROGRAM. Subcommittee on Conservation, 
Credit, Rural Development and Research. September 28, 2006. 
Serial 109-40.
    FARM ECONOMY AND THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF FEDERAL POLICY ON 
AGRICULTURE. Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk 
Management. September 29, 2005. Serial 109-17.
    FEDERAL CROP INSURANCE SYSTEM. Subcommittee on General Farm 
Commodities and Risk Management. May 4, 2005. Serial 109-7.
    FEDERAL CROP INSURANCE SYSTEM. Subcommittee on General Farm 
Commodities and Risk Management. March 15, April 26, 2006. 
Serial 109-27.
    FEDERAL FARM POLICY. Full committee. February 6, 2006 
(Fayetteville, NC), and February 7, 2006 (Auburn, AL), March 3, 
2006 (Stockton, CA), March 4, 2006 (Nebraska City, NE), May 8, 
2006 (Greeley, CO), May 9, 2006 (San Angelo, TX), June 10, 2006 
(Yakima, WA), June 26, 2006 (Canandaigua, NY), July 17, 2006 
(Staunton, VA), July 22, 2006 (Marshall, MN), July 24, 2006 
(Scottsburg, IN). Serial 109-25.
    FEDERAL FARM POLICY. Subcommittee on General Farm 
Commodities and Risk Management. March 28, 2006 (Valdosta, GA), 
May 1, 2006 (Coolidge, AZ), July 31, 2006 (Wall, SD), September 
14, 2006, and September 21, 2006. Serial 109-28.
    FEDERAL FARM POLICY. Subcommittee on Livestock and 
Horticulture. July 31, 2006 (Sioux Center, IA), August 28, 2006 
(Springfield, MO), and September 26, 2006. Serial 109-37.
    FEDERAL FARM POLICY. Full committee. September 13, 20, 
2006. Serial 109-38.
    FOOD AID PROGRAMS. Subcommittee on Specialty Crops and 
Foreign Agriculture Programs. June 16, 2005. Serial 109-10.
    FOREST EMERGENCY RECOVERY AND RESEARCH ACT (H.R. 4200). 
Full committee. December 7, 2005. Serial 109-23.
    FOREST SERVICE FIREFIGHTING AND FOREST HEALTH EFFORTS. Full 
committee. November 15, 2005. Serial 109-20.
    FUTURES MARKET AND GASOLINE PRICES. Full committee. April 
27, 2006. Serial 109-30.
    HORSE PROTECTION ACT (H.R. 503). Full committee. July 27, 
2006. Serial 109-36.
    KELO V. CITY OF NEW LONDON AND H.R. 3405, STRENGTHENING THE 
OWNERSHIP OF PRIVATE PROPERTY (STOPP) ACT OF 2005. Full 
committee. September 7, 2005. Serial 109-15.
    METHYL BROMIDE CRITICAL USE EXEMPTION (CUE) PROCESS UNDER 
THE MONTREAL PROTOCOL. Subcommittee on Conservation, Credit, 
Rural Development, and Research. March 10, 2005. Serial 109-3.
    MISSISSIPPI RIVER TRANSPORTATION ON AGRICULTURAL MARKETS. 
Full committee. October 26, 2005. Serial 109-18.
    MISSOURI RIVER SPRING RISES ON CROP INSURANCE POLICIES. 
Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management. 
February 28, 2006 (Jefferson City, MO). Serial 109-26.
    NATIONAL ANIMAL IDENTIFICATION SYSTEMS. Full committee. 
September 15, 2005. Subcommittee on Livestock and Horticulture. 
September 28, 2005. Serial 109-16.
    NATIONAL FOREST LAND MANAGEMENT PLANNING. Full committee. 
May 25, 2005. Serial 109-9.
    PIC AND POPS CONVENTIONS AND THE LRTAP POPS PROTOCOL 
IMPLEMENTATION ACT. (H.R. 3849) Full committee. July 20, 2006. 
Serial 109-35.
    REAUTHORIZATION OF THE COMMODITY FUTURES TRADING 
COMMISSION. Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk 
Management. March 3, 9, 2005. Serial 109-2.RENEWABLE FUELS AND 
FLEX-FUEL VEHICLES. Subcommittee on Department Operations, 
Oversight, Dairy, Nutrition, and Forestry. May 22, 2006 
(Rochester, MI). Serial 109-32.
    RENEWABLE FUELS MARKET. Full committee. June 29, 2006. 
Serial 109-34.
    RURAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS. Subcommittee on Conservation, 
Credit, Rural Development and Research. March 30, 2006. Serial 
109-29.
    SECURE RURAL SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITY SELF DETERMINATION ACT 
OF 2000. Full committee. April 21, 2005. Serial 109-5.
    SPECIALTY CROP INDUSTRY. Subcommittee on Livestock and 
Horticulture. August 26, 2005 (Lodi, CA). Serial 109-14.
    U.S. AGRICULTURAL TRADE WITH CUBA. Full committee. March 
16, 2005. Serial 109-4.
    U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE FOREST SERVICE CENTENNIAL. 
Full committee. June 22, 2005. Serial 109-11.
    U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE'S ESTABLISHMENT OF POSTED 
COUNTY PRICES. Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and 
Risk Management. December 14, 2005. Serial 109-24.
    U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE'S RULE PROVIDING FOR 
CANADIAN BEEF AND CATTLE IMPORTS. Full committee. March 1, 
2005. Serial 109-1.
    U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE'S WATERSHED PROGRAMS. 
Subcommittee on Conservation, Credit, Rural Development, and 
Research. December 6, 2005. Serial 109-22.
    U.S. GRAIN STANDARDS ACT. Subcommittee on General Farm 
Commodities and Risk Management. May 24, 2005. Serial 109-8.

                        F. HEARINGS NOT PRINTED

    Full committee. Open business meeting. Organizational 
meeting for the 109th Congress. Approval by voice vote of 
committee rules, committee oversight plan, and budget views and 
estimates letter to be forwarded to the Committee on the 
Budget. February 16, 2005.
    Full committee. Open business meeting. H.R. 3421, to 
reauthorize the United States Grain Standards Act, to 
facilitate the official inspection at export port locations of 
grain required or authorized to be inspected under such Act, 
ordered favorably reported to the House; and H.R. 3408, to 
reauthorize the Livestock Mandatory Reporting Act of 1999 and 
to amend the swine reporting provisions of that Act, ordered 
favorably reported to the House. July 27, 2005.
    Full committee. Open business meeting. H.R. 3405, 
Strengthening the Ownership of Private Property Act of 2005, 
ordered favorably reported to the House as amended. October 7, 
2005.
    Full committee. Open business meeting. Chairman's mark for 
title I-Agriculture, for insertion in the reconciliation bill, 
ordered favorably reported to the Budget Committee. October 28, 
2005.
    Full committee. Open business meeting. Chairman's mark for 
the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Reauthorization 
Act of 2005, approved. December 7, 2005.
    Full committee. Open business meeting. Approval by voice 
vote of budget views and estimates letter to be forwarded to 
the Committee on the Budget. February 16, 2006.
    Full committee. Open business meeting. H.R. 4200, Forest 
Emergency Recovery and Research Act, ordered favorably 
reported, as amended, to the House. April 5, 2006.
    Full committee. Open business meeting. H.R. 503, to amend 
the Horse Protection Act, ordered unfavorably reported, as 
amended, to the House; and H.R. 3849, the PICS and POPs 
Conventions and the LRTAP POPs Protocol Implementation Act, 
ordered favorably reported to the House. July 27, 2006.
    Full committee. Open business meeting. H.R. 5313, the Open 
Space and Farmland Preservation Act, ordered favorably reported 
to the House; H.R. 5103, to provide for the conveyance of the 
former Konnarock Lutheran Girls School in Smyth County, VA, 
ordered favorably reported, as amended, to the House; H.R. 
4559, to provide for the conveyance of National Forest System 
land to Laona and Wabeno, Wisconsin, and for other purposes, 
ordered favorably reported, as amended, to the House; and H. 
Con. Res. 424, expressing the sense of Congress that it is the 
goal of the United States that, not later than January 1, 2025, 
the agricultural, forestry, and working land of the U.S. should 
provide from renewable resources not less than 25 percent of 
the total energy consumed in the U.S. and continue to produce 
safe, abundant, and affordable food, feed, and fiber, ordered 
favorably reported to the House. September 21, 2006.

                          G. COMMITTEE PRINTS

    Ceremony Unveiling the Portrait of the Honorable Larry 
Combest. April 20, 2005. Print No. 109-01.
    State of the Upper Midwest Dairy Industry. Subcommittee on 
Department Operations, Oversight, Dairy, Nutrition, and 
Forestry. May 31, 2006. Print No. 109-02.

                             III. Appendix


                      A. EXECUTIVE COMMUNICATIONS

    101--January 6, 2005; Letter from the Deputy Associate 
Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, transmitting 
the Agency's final rule--Chlorothalonil Re-establishment of 
Tolerance for Emergency Exemptions (OPP-2004-0409 FRL-7691-1). 
Received December 30, 2004, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    102--January 6, 2005; Letter from the Deputy Associate 
Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, transmitting 
the Agency's final rule--Thiamethoxam; Pesticide Tolerance 
(OPP-2004-0394; FRL-7689-7). Received December 30, 2004, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    103--January 6, 2005; Letter from the Deputy Associate 
Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, transmitting 
the Agency's final rule--Spinosad; Pesticide Tolerance (OPP-
2004-0042; FRL-7691-4). Received December 30, 2004, pursuant to 
5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    199--January 25, 2005; Letter from the Deputy Associate 
Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, transmitting 
the Agency's final rule--Multiple Chemicals Extension of 
Tolerances for Emergency Exemptions (OPP-2004-0392 FRL-7688-6). 
Received December 15, 2004, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    200--January 25, 2005; Letter from the Deputy Associate 
Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, transmitting 
the Agency's final rule--Bacillus pumilus GB34 Exemption from 
the Requirement of a Tolerance (OPP-2004-0175; FRL-7382-6). 
Received December 17, 2004, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    321--January 26, 2005; Letter from the Administrator, 
Agricultural Marketing Service, Fruit and Vegetable Programs, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Oranges, Grapefruit, Tangerines, and Tangelos Grown in 
Florida; Change in the Minimum Maturity Requirements for Fresh 
Grapefruit (Docket No. FV05-905-1 IFR). Received January 7, 
2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    322--January 26, 2005; Letter from the Administrator, 
Agricultural Marketing Service, Fruit and Vegetable Programs, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Hazelnuts Grown in Oregon and Washington Establishment of 
Final Free and Restricted Percentages for the 2004-05 Marketing 
Year (Docket No. FV05-982-1 IFR). Received January 7, 2005, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    323--January 26, 2005; Letter from the Administrator, 
Agricultural Marketing Service, Poultry Programs, Department of 
Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final rule--
Voluntary Shell Egg Grading Regulations--Facilites and 
Equipment (Docket No. PY-03-005). (RIN: 0581-AC33). Received 
January 7, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    324--January 26, 2005; Letter from the Administrator, 
Agricultural Marketing Service, Livestock and Seed Programs, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Lamb Promotion and Research Program: Procedures for the 
Conduct of a Referendum (No. LS-04-06). Received January 10, 
2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    325--January 26, 2005; Letter from the Administrator, 
Agricultural Marketing Service, Dairy Programs, Department of 
Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final rule--Milk in 
the Appalachian, Florida, and Southeast Marketing Areas Order 
Amending the Orders (Docket No. AO-388-A16, AO-356-A38, and AO-
366-A45; DA-04-07). Received January 10, 2005, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    326--January 26, 2005; Letter from the Administrator, 
Agricultural Marketing Service, Fruit and Vegetable Programs, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Onions Grown in South Texas; Decreased Assessment Rate 
(Docket No. FV05-959-1 IFR). Received January 10, 2005, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    327--January 26, 2005; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Emerald Ash Borer Quarantines Areas 
(Docket No. 02-125-2). Received January 7, 2005, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    328--January 26, 2005; Letter from the Regulatory Officer, 
Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--National Forest System Land and 
Resource Management Planning; Removal of 2000 Planning Rule 
(RIN: 0596-AB86). Received January 12, 2005, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    440--February 1, 2005; Letter from the Executive Director, 
Commodity Futures Trading Commission, transmitting the 
Commission's final rule--Collection of Claims Owed the United 
States Arising From Activities Under the Commission's 
Jurisdiction (RIN: 3038-AC03). Received December 15, 2004, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    441--February 1, 2005; Letter from the Executive Director, 
Commodity Futures Trading Commission, transmitting the 
Commission's final rule--In the Matter of the Intercontinental 
Exchange, Inc. Petition for Expansion of the Definition of an 
Eligible Commercial Entity Under section 1a(11)(C) of the 
Commodity Exchange Act--Received December 15, 2004, pursuant to 
5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    442--February 1, 2005; Letter from the Executive Director, 
Commodity Futures Trading Commission, transmitting the 
Commission's final rule--Confidential Information and 
Commission Records and Information--Received December 15, 2004, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    443--February 1, 2005; Letter from the Executive Director, 
Commodity Futures Trading Commission, transmitting the 
Commission's final rule--Fees for Reviews of the Rule 
Enforcement Programs of Contract Markets and Registered Futures 
Association--Received December 15, 2004, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    444--February 1, 2005; Letter from the Administrator, Rural 
Utilities Service, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Definition Clarification of State 
Nonmetropolitan Median Household Income (SNMHI) (RIN: 0572-
AB96). Received December 15, 2004, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    445--February 1, 2005; Letter from the Administrator, Rural 
Utilities Service, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Technical Assistance Grants (RIN: 
0572-AB75). Received December 15, 2004, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    446--February 1, 2005; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Citrus Canker Quarantined Areas 
(Docket No. 04-045-02). Received December 27, 2004, pursuant to 
5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    447--February 1, 2005; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--User Fees for Agricultural Quarantines 
and Inspection Services (Docket No. 04-042-1) (RIN: 0579-AB88). 
Received December 15, 2004, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    448--February 1, 2005; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy; 
Minimal-Risk Regions and Importation of Commodities (Docket No. 
03-080-3) (RIN: 0579-AB73). Received January 4, 2005, pursuant 
to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    523--February 2, 2005; Letter from the Administrator, AMS, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Exempting Organic Producers From Assessment by Research 
and Promotion Programs (Docket No. PY-02-006) (RIN: 0581-AC15). 
Received January 21, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    524--February 2, 2005; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Delegation of Authority (Docket No. 
04-120-1) Received December 27, 2004, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    525--February 2, 2005; Letter from the Deputy Associate 
Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, transmitting 
the Agency's final rule--Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Milk, Soybeans, 
Eggs, Fish, Crustacea, and Wheat; Exemption from the 
Requirement of a Tolerance (OPP-2005-0001; FRL-7694-5) Received 
January 7, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    604--February 8, 2005; Letter from the Executive Director, 
Commodity Futures Trading Commission, transmitting the 
Commission's final rule--Application Procedures for 
Registration as a Derivatives Transaction Execution Facility or 
Designation as a Contract Market (RIN: 3038-AC14). Received 
January 24, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    605--February 8, 2005; Letter from the Acting 
Administrator, FSIS, Department of Agriculture, transmitting 
the Department's final rule--Uniform Compliance Date for Food 
Labeling Regulations (Docket No. 03-026F) (RIN: 0583-AD05). 
Received January 19, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    606--February 8, 2005; Letter from the Administrator, AMS, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Exemption of Organic Handlers From Assessments for Market 
Promotion Activities Under Marketing Order Programs (Docket No. 
FV03-900-1 FR) Received January 21, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    664--February 9, 2005; Letter from the Executive Director, 
Commodity Futures Trading Commission, transmitting the 
Commission's final rule--Reporting Levels and Recordkeeping 
(RIN: 3038-AC08). Received January 24, 2005, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    665--February 9, 2005; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Asian Longhorned Beetle; Addition to 
Quarantined Areas (Docket No. 04-130-1) Received January 31, 
2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    666--February 9, 2005; Letter from the Administrator, Rural 
Housing Service, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Surety Requirements (RIN: 0575-AC60). 
Received January 7, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    667--February 9, 2005; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Importation of Clementines, Mandarins, 
and Tangerines From Chile (Docket No. 02-081-3) (RIN: 0579-
AB77). Received December 15, 2004, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    795--February 14, 2005; Letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Review Group, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--2004 Ewe Lamb 
Replacement and Retention Payment Program (RIN: 0560-AH15). 
Received January 27, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    796--February 14, 2005; Letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Review Group, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Nonrecourse Marketing 
Assistance Loan and Loan Deficiency Payment Regulations for 
Honey (RIN: 0560-AH18). Received January 27, 2005, pursuant to 
5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    850--February 17, 2005; Letter from the Administrator, 
Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Proposed Data 
Collection, Reporting, and Recordkeeping Requirements 
Applicable to Cranberries Not Subject to the Cranberry 
Marketing Order (Docket No. FV01-926-1 FR) Received February 4, 
2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    851--February 17, 2005; Letter from the Acting 
Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of 
Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final rule--Olives 
Grown in California; Redistricting and Reapportionment of 
Producer Membership on the California Olive Committee (Docket 
No. FV04-932-2 FR) Received February 7, 2005, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    852--February 17, 2005; Letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Add Malaysia to List 
of Regions in Which Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Subtype 
H5N1 is Considered to Exist (Docket No. 04-091-1) Received 
February 2, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    853--February 17, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Pesticide Removal of 
Expired Time-limited Tolerances for Emergency Exemptions (OPP-
2005-0025; FRL-7690-6) Received February 8, 2005, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    854--February 17, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Thiamethoxam Pesticide 
Tolerances for Emergency Exemptions (OPP-2005-0015; FRL-7696-8) 
Received February 8, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    901--March 1, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Imidacloprid Pesticide 
Tolerances for Emergency Exemptions (OPP-2004-0341; FRL-7691-2) 
Received January 26, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    902--March 1, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Fluroxypyr Pesticide 
Tolerances for Emergency Exemptions (OPP-2005-0008; FRL-7695-2) 
Received January 25, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    903--March 1, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Quinoxyfen Pesticide 
Tolerances for Emergency Exemptions (OPP-2005-0009; FRL-7695-3) 
Received January 26, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    904--March 1, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Chlorfenapyr Pesticide 
Tolerance (OPP-2004-0362; FRL-7696-5) Received January 26, 
2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    905--March 1, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Bifenazate Pesticide 
Tolerances for Emergency Exemptions (OPP-2005-0012; FRL-7696-2) 
Received January 26, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    906--March 1, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Syrups, Hydrolyzed 
Starch, Hydrogenated; Exemptions from the Requirement of a 
Tolerance (OPP-2005-0026; FRL-7697-9) Received February 14, 
2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    907--March 1, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Quizalofop-ethyl 
Pesticide Tolerance (OPP-2004-0324; FRL-7694-4) Received 
February 14, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    908--March 1, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Octanamide, N, N-dimethyl 
and Decanamide, N, N-dimethyl; Exemptions from the Requirement 
of a Tolerance (OPP-2005-0031; FRL-7698-3) Received February 
14, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    909--March 1, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Glyphosate Pesticide 
Tolerance (OPP-2005-021; FRL-7697-7) Received February 14, 
2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    910--March 1, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Clothianidin Pesticide 
Tolerance (OPP-2004-0406; FRL-7690-2) Received February 14, 
2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    911--March 1, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Avermectin B1 and its 
delta-8, 9-isomer; Pesticide Tolerance (OPP-2004-0400; FRL-
7695-7) Received February 14, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    912--March 1, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Acibenzolar-S-methyl; 
Pesticide Tolerances for Emergency Exemptions (OPP-2004-0214; 
FRL-7697-8) Received February 14, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    913--March 1, 2005; Letter from the Chairman and Chief 
Executive Officer, Farm Credit Administration, transmitting 
notification of the 2005 compensation program adjustments, 
including the Agency's current salary range structure and the 
performance-based merit pay matrix, in accordance with section 
1206 of the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and 
Enforcement Act of 1989.
    1016--March 3, 2005; Letter from the Regulatory Contact, 
Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--United States Standards for Wheat (RIN: 580-AA86). 
Received February 15, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    1017--March 3, 2005; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Karnal Bunt Revision of Regulations 
for Importing Wheat (Docket No. 02-057-2) (RIN: 0579-AB74). 
Received February 24, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    1018--March 3, 2005; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Brucellosis in Swine; Add Arkansas, 
Louisiana, and Michigan to List of Validated Brucellosis Free 
States (Docket No. 04-103-2) Received February 17, 2005, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    1019--March 3, 2005; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Golden Nematode Regulated Areas 
(Docket No. 04-093-2) Received February 15, 2005, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    1098--March 8, 2005; Letter from the Executive Director, 
Commodity Futures Trading Commission, transmitting the 
Commission's final rule--Rules Relating to Review of National 
Futures Association Decisions in Disciplinary, Membership 
Denial, Registration and Member Responsibility Actions (RIN: 
3038-AC12). Received February 28, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    1118--March 9, 2005; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Spring Viremia of Carp; Payment of 
Indemnity (Docket No. 02-091-2) Received February 9, 2005, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    1159--March 15, 2005; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Oriental Fruit Fly Removal of 
Quarantined Area (Docket No. 02-096-4) Received March 9, 2005, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    1160--March 15, 2005; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Oriental Fruit Fly Removal of 
Quarantined Area (Docket No. 04-106-2) Received March 8, 2005, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    1227--March 16, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Fenbuconazole Time-
Limited Pesticide Tolerance (OPP-2004-0410; FRL-7699-2) 
Received March 4, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    1228--March 16, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Clofentezine Pesticide 
Tolerance (OPP-2005-0022; FRL-7699-8) Received March 4, 2005, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    1286--March 17, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Milk, 
Soybeans, Eggs, Fish, Crustacea, and Wheat; Exemption from the 
Requirement of a Tolerance; Technical Correction (OPP-2005-0001 
FRL-7698-9) Received February 23, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    1311--March 21, 2005; Letter from the Under Secretary for 
Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services, Department of 
Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final rule--Food 
Stamp Program: High Performance Bonuses (RIN: 0584-AD29). 
Received February 28, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    1312--March 21, 2005; Letter from the Acting Administrator, 
AMS, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's 
final rule--Sweet Cherries Grown in Designated Counties in 
Washington; Establishment of Minimum Size and Maturity 
Requirements for Lightly Colored Sweet Cherries Varieties 
(Docket No. FV04-923-1 FR) Received March 4, 2005, pursuant to 
5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    1313--March 21, 2005; Letter from the Acting Administrator, 
AMS, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's 
final rule--Marketing Order Regulating the Handling of 
Spearmint Oil Produced in the Far West; Revision of the Salable 
Quantity and Allotment Percentage for class 3 (Native) 
Spearmint Oil for the 2004-2005 Marketing Year (Docket No. 
FV04-985-2 IFR-A) Received March 4, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    1314--March 21, 2005; Letter from the Acting Administrator, 
Food Safety and Inspection Service, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Addition of Slovakia 
to the List of Countries Eligible To Export Meat Products to 
the United States (Docket No. 99-018F) Received March 11, 2005, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    1315--March 21, 2005; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy; 
Minimal-Risk Regions and Importation of Commodities Partial 
Delay of Applicability (Docket No. 03-080-6) (RIN: 0579-AB73). 
Received March 14, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    1321--April 5, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Thiophanate-methyl; 
Pesticide Tolerances for Emergency (OPP-2005-0011 FRL-7699-3) 
Received March 18, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    1322--April 5, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Mesotrione Pesticide 
Tolerance (OPP-2005-0049; FRL-7703-1) Received March 18, 2005, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    1323--April 5, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Dinotefuran Pesticide 
Tolerance (OPP-2005-0003; FRL-7695-5) Received March 18, 2005, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    1521--April 13, 2005; Letter from the Secretary, Department 
of Agriculture, transmitting the annual assessment of the 
cattle and hog industries, pursuant to Public Law 106-472 7 
U.S.C. 181, et seq.
    1522--April 13, 2005; Letter from the Acting Administrator, 
AMS, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's 
final rule--Nectarines and Peaches Grown in California; 
Revision of Handling Requirements for Fresh Nectarines and 
Peaches (Docket No. FV05-916-1 IFR) Received April 1, 2005, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    1523--April 13, 2005; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Review Group, FSA, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Tobacco Transition Assessments (RIN: 
0560-AH31). Received February 28, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    1594--April 14, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Acetamiprid Pesticide 
Tolerance (OPP-2005-0029; FRL-7705-7) Received April 6, 2005, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    1595--April 14, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Buprofezin Pesticide 
Tolerance (OPP-2004-0412; FRL-7691-8) Received April 6, 2005, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    1596--April 14, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Paecilomyces Iilacinus 
strain 251; Exemption from the Requirement of a Tolerance (OPP-
2004-0397; FRL-7708-4) Received April 6, 2005, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    1597--April 14, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Triflumizole Pesticide 
Tolerance for Emergency Exemptions (OPP-2005-0054; FRL-7701-6) 
Received April 6, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    1598--April 14, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Bacillus thuringiensis 
Modified Cry3A Protein (mCry3A) and the Genetic Material 
Necessary for its Production in Corn; Temporary Exemption From 
the Requirement of a Tolerance (OPP-2005-0073; FRL-7704-4) 
Received March 29, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    1664--April 18, 2005; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Review Group, Farm Service Agency, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's ``Major'' final rule--Tobacco 
Transition Payment Program (RIN: 0560-AH30). Received April 8, 
2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    1665--April 18, 2005; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Review Group, Farm Service Agency, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's ``Major'' final rule--2003 and 
2004 Livestock Credit Corporation, USDA (RIN: 0560-AH25). 
Received April 8, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    1666--April 18, 2005; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Karnal Bunt Regulated Areas (Docket 
No. 04-118-1) Received March 30, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    1667--April 18, 2005; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Classical Swine Fever Status of 
Mexican States of Campeche, Quintana Roo, Sonora, and Yucatan 
(Docket No. 02-002-2) Received March 30, 2005, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    1668--April 18, 2005; Letter from the Acting Administrator, 
AMS, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's 
final rule--Grapes Grown in a Designated Area of Southeastern 
California; Increased Assessment Rate (Docket No. FV05-925-1 
FR) Received March 30, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    1669--April 18, 2005; Letter from the Acting Administrator, 
AMS, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's 
final rule--Dried Prunes Produced in California; Increased 
Assessment Rate (Docket No. FV05-993-1 FR) Received March 30, 
2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    1670--April 18, 2005; Letter from the Acting Administrator, 
AMS, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's 
final rule--Marketing Order Regulating the Handling of 
Spearmint Oil Produced in the Far West; Revision of the Salable 
Quantity and Allotment Percentage for Class 3 (Native) 
Spearmint Oil for the 2004-2005 Marketing Year (Docket No. 
FV04-985-2 IFR-A2) Received March 30, 2005, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    1671--April 18, 2005; Letter from the Acting Administrator, 
AMS, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's 
final rule--Domestic Dates Produced or Packaged in Riverside 
County, CA; Modification of the Qualification Requirement for 
Approved Manufacturers of Date Products (Docket No. FV04-987-1 
FR) Received March 30, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    1672--April 18, 2005; Letter from the Acting Administrator, 
AMS, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's 
final rule--Onions Grown in South Texas Decreased Assessment 
Rate (Docket No. FV05-959-1 FIR) Received March 30, 2005, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    1673--April 18, 2005; Letter from the Acting Administrator, 
AMS, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's 
final rule--Vidalia Onions Grown in Georgia Increased 
Assessment Rate (Docket No. FV05-955-1 IFR) Received March 30, 
2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    1693--April 20, 2005; Letter from the Acting Administrator, 
Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Tart Cherries Grown 
in the States of Michigan, et al.; Final Free and Restricted 
Percentages for the 2004-05 Crop Year (Docket No. FV04-930-2 
FR) Received March 4, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    1709--April 21, 2005; Letter from the Acting Administrator, 
AMS, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's 
final rule--Pistachios Grown in California Establishment of 
Continuing Assessment Rate and Reporting Requirements (Docket 
No. FV04-983-2 FR) Received March 4, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    1710--April 21, 2005; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Citrus Canker Quarantined Areas 
(Docket No. 05-005-1) Received February 28, 2005, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    1711--April 21, 2005; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Agricultural Bioterrorism Protection 
Act of 2002; Possession, Use, and Transfer of Biological Agents 
and Toxins (Docket No. 02-088-4) (RIN: 0579-AB47). Received 
March 18, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    1726--April 25, 2005; Letter from the Secretary, Department 
of Agriculture, transmitting a draft bill ``To amend the United 
States Grain Standards Act to extend the authority of the 
Secretary of Agriculture to collect fees to cover 
administrative and supervisory costs, to extend the 
authorization of appropriations for such Act, and for other 
purposes''.
    1811--May 4, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Benoxacor Partial Grant 
and Partial Denial of Petition, and Amendment of Tolerance to 
Include S-Metolachlor (OPP-2005-0080; FRL-7709-2) Received 
April 19, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    1812--May 4, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Propiconazole Re-
Establishment of Tolerance for Emergency (OPP-2005-0092; FRL-
7709-3) Received April 19, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    1813--May 4, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Spiromesifen Pesticide 
Tolerance (OPP-2005-0046; FRL-7705-1) Received April 19, 2005, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    1814--May 4, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Tetraconazole Time-
Limited Pesticide Tolerance (OPP-2004-0388; FRL-7702-4) 
Received April 19, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    1886--May 9, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Bacillus thuringiensis 
VIP3A Protein and the Genetic Material Necessary for its 
Production; Temporary Exemption From the Requirement of a 
Tolerance (OPP-2005-0083; FRL-7706-7) Received April 27, 2005, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    1887--May 9, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Trifluralin Pesticide 
Tolerance (OPP-2004-0142; FRL-7710-9) Received April 27, 2005, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    1911--May 10, 2005; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Asian Longhorned Beetle; Removal of 
Regulated Areas (Docket No. 05-011-1) Received April 28, 2005, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    1912--May 10, 2005; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--West Indian Fruit Fly; Regulated 
Articles (Docket No. 04-127-1) Received April 28, 2005, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    1913--May 10, 2005; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Tuberculosis in Cattle and Bison; 
State and Zone Designations; California (Docket No. 05-010-1) 
Received April 18, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    1914--May 10, 2005; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Commuted Traveltime (Docket No. 04-
108-1) Received April 1, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    1915--May 10, 2005; Letter from the Regulatory Contact, 
Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Export Inspection and Weighing Waiver for High Quality 
Specialty Grains Transported in Containers (RIN: 0580-AA87). 
Received April 28, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    1916--May 10, 2005; Letter from the Acting Administrator, 
Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Marketing Order 
Regulating the Handling of Spearmint Oil Produced in the Far 
West; Salable Quantities and Allotment Percentages for the 
2005-2006 Marketing Year (Docket No. FV05-985-1 FR) Received 
March 28, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    1917--May 10, 2005; Letter from the Acting Administrator, 
Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Fluid Milk Promotion 
Order (Docket No. DA-04-04) Received March 28, 2005, pursuant 
to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    1918--May 10, 2005; Letter from the Acting Administrator, 
Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Beef Promotion and 
Research; Reapportionment (Docket No. LS-04-09) Received March 
28, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    1919--May 10, 2005; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Review Group, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Tobacco Transition Payment Program 
(RIN: 0560-AH30). Received April 7, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    1938--May 11, 2005; Letter from the Inspector General, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's 
investigative report of the Forest Service (FS) fatalities that 
occurred in the Cramer Fire in the Salmon-Challis National 
Forest in Idaho on July 22, 2003, pursuant to Public Law 107-
203.
    1985--May 18, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Pinene Polymers Exemption 
from the Requirement of a Tolerance (OPP-2005-0110; FRL-7710-3) 
Received May 11, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    1986--May 18, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Red Cabbage Color; 
Exemption from the Requirement of a Tolerance (OPP-2004-0361 
FRL-7711-7) Received May 11, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    1987--May 18, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Dimethyl Ether Exemption 
from the Requirement of a Tolerance (OPP-2005-0109; FRL-7711-4) 
Received May 11, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    1988--May 18, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Alternaria destruens 
Strain 059; Exemption from the Requirement of a Tolerance (OPP-
2005-048; FRL-7708-3) Received May 16, 2005, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    1989--May 18, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Fludioxonil Pesticide 
Tolerance (OPP-2005-0095; FRL-7711-9) Received May 16, 2005, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    1990--May 18, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Dimethenamid Pesticide 
Tolerance (OPP-2005-0118; FRL-7713-4) Received May 6, 2005, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2067--May 23, 2005; Letter from the Acting Administrator, 
Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Plant Variety 
Protection Office, Supplemental Fees (Docket Number ST-02-02) 
(RIN: 0581-AC31). Received May 20, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    2068--May 23, 2005; Letter from the Acting Administrator, 
Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Winter Pears Grown in 
Oregon and Washington; Order Amending Marketing Order No. 927 
(Docket No. AO-F&V-927-A1; FV04-927-1 FR) Received May 20, 
2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2069--May 23, 2005; Letter from the Acting Administrator, 
Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Olives Grown in 
California; Increased Assessment Rate (Docket No. FV05-932-1 
FR) Received May 4, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2070--May 23, 2005; Letter from the Chief, EBT Branch, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Food Stamp Program, Regulatory Review: Standards for 
Approval and Operation of Food Stamp Electronic Benefit 
Transfer (EBT) (Amendment No. 394) (RIN: 0584-AC37). Received 
April 20, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2071--May 23, 2005; Letter from the Acting Administrator, 
Rural Utilities Service, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Accounting 
Requirements for RUS Telecommunications Borrowers (RIN: 0572-
AB77). Received May 4, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2072--May 23, 2005; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Asian Longhorned Beetle; Addition to 
Quarantined Areas (Docket No. 04-130-2) Received April 21, 
2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2073--May 23, 2005; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy; 
Minimal-Risk Regions and Importation of Commodities Finding of 
No Significant Impact and Affirmation of Final Rule (Docket No. 
03-080-7) (RIN: 0579-AB73). Received April 11, 2005, pursuant 
to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2074--May 23, 2005; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Introductions of Plants Genetically 
Engineered To Produce Industrial Compounds (Docket No. 03-038-
2) (RIN: 0579-AB89). Received May 9, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    2075--May 23, 2005; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Karnal Bunt Compensation for Custom 
Harvesters in Northern Texas (Docket No. 03-052-3) Received May 
12, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2253--June 9, 2005; Letter from the Chief, Regulatory 
Review Group, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--American Indian Livestock Feed 
Program, Livestock Assistance Program (RIN: 0560-AH26). 
Received June 3, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2254--June 9, 2005; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Brucellosis in Swine; Add Florida to 
List of Validated Brucellosis-Free States (Docket No. 05-009-1) 
Received May 4, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2255--June 9, 2005; Letter from the Secretary, Department 
of Agriculture, transmitting a draft bill ``To amend the United 
States Grain Standards Act to extend the authority of the 
Secretary of Agriculture to collect fees to cover 
administrative and supervisory costs, to extend the 
authorization of appropriations for such Act, and for other 
purposes''.
    2355--June 15, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Updating Generic 
Pesticide Chemical Tolerance Regulations (OPP-2003-0176; FRL-
7706-9) Received June 7, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    2413--June 17, 2005; Letter from the Acting Administrator, 
AMS, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's 
final rule--Revision of User Fees for 2005 Crop Cotton 
Classification Services to Growers (CN-05-001) (RIN: 0581-
AC43). Received June 3, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    2414--June 17, 2005; Letter from the Acting Administrator, 
AMS, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's 
final rule--Milk in the Upper Midwest Marketing Area; Interim 
Order Amending the Order (Docket No. AO-361-A39 DA-04-03A) 
Received June 15, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2415--June 17, 2005; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Addition of Malaysia To List of 
Regions in Which Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Subtype H5N1 
Is Considered to Exist (Docket No. 04-091-2) Received June 10, 
2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2474--June 29, 2005; Letter from the Director, Legislative 
Affairs Staff, NRCS, Department of Agriculture, transmitting 
the Department's final rule--Conservation Security Program 
(RIN: 0578-AA36). Received June 1, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    2638--July 13, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Extension of Tolerances 
for Emergency Exemptions (Multiple Chemicals) (OPP-2005-0143 
FRL-7722-3) Received June 28, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    2639--July 13, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Ethyl Maltol Exemption 
from the Requirement of a Tolerance (OPP-2005-0153; FRL-7717-1) 
Received June 28, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2640--July 13, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--3-Hexen-1-ol, (3Z); 
Exemption from the Requirement of a Tolerance (OPP-2005-0028 
FRL-7713-2) Received May 27, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    2641--July 13, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Two Isopropylamine Salts 
of Alkyl C4 and Alkyl C8-10 Ethoxyphosphate esters Exemption 
from the Requirement of a Tolerance (OPP-2005-0115; FRL-7712-1) 
Received May 27, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2642--July 13, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Tertraconazole Pesticide 
Tolerances for Emergency Exemptions (OPP-2005-0078; FRL-7714-1) 
Received May 27, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2643--July 13, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Imidacloprid Pesticide 
Tolerance (OPP-2005-0142; FRL-7720-1) Received July 6, 2005, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2644--July 13, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Trifloxystrobin Pesticide 
Tolerance for Emergency Exemptions (OPP-2005-0155; FRL-7720-2) 
Received June 24, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2645--July 13, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Cyprodinil Time-Limited 
Tolerance (OPP-2005-0119; FRL-7718-3) Received June 28, 2005, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2688--July 14, 2005; Letter from the Executive Director, 
Commodity Futures Trading Commission, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Investment of Customer Funds and 
Record of Investments (RIN: 3038-AC15). Received June 21, 2005, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2689--July 14, 2005; Letter from the Executive Director, 
Commodity Futures Trading Commission, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--In the Matter of the New York 
Mercantile Exchange, Inc. Petition To Extend Interpretation 
Pursuant to section 1a(12)(C) of the Commodity Exchange Act--
Received June 21, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2690--July 14, 2005; Letter from the Executive Director, 
Commodity Futures Trading Commission, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Revision of Federal Speculative 
Position Limits (RIN: 3038-AC24). Received June 21, 2005, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2691--July 14, 2005; Letter from the Executive Director, 
Commodity Futures Trading Commission, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Distribution of ``Risk Disclosure 
Statement'' by Futures Commission Merchants and Introducing 
Brokers (RIN: 3038-AC16). Received June 21, 2005, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2692--July 14, 2005; Letter from the Acting Administrator, 
Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Onions Grown in 
Certain Designated Counties in Idaho, and Malheur County, OR; 
Decreased Assessment Rate (Docket No. FV05-958-1 IFR) Received 
June 17, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2693--July 14, 2005; Letter from the Acting Administrator, 
Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Irish Potatoes Grown 
in Certain Designated Counties in Idaho, and Malheur County, 
OR; Relaxation of Handling Regulations (Docket No. FV05-945-1 
IFR) Received June 17, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2694--July 14, 2005; Letter from the Acting Administrator, 
Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Dried Prunes Produced 
in California; Suspension of Handling and Reporting 
Requirements, Extension of the Suspension of Outgoing 
Inspection and Volume Control Regulations, and Extension of the 
Suspension of the Prune Import Regulation (Docket No. FV05-993-
2 IFR) Received June 17, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    2695--July 14, 2005; Letter from the Acting Administrator, 
Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Milk in the Pacific 
Northwest Marketing Area: Order Amending the Order (Docket No. 
AO-368-A30; DA-01-08-PNW) Received April 13, 2005, pursuant to 
5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2696--July 14, 2005; Letter from the Acting Administrator, 
Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Milk in the Northeast 
Marketing Area; Order Amending the Order (Docket No. AO-14-A70; 
DA-02-01) Received April 13, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    2697--July 14, 2005; Letter from the Acting Administrator, 
Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Irish Potatoes Grown 
in Colorado; Decreased Assessment Rate (Docket No. FV05-948-2 
IFR) Received June 30, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2698--July 14, 2005; Letter from the Acting Administrator, 
Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Apricots Grown in 
Designated Counties in Washington; Decreased Assessment Rate 
(Docket No. FV05-922-1 IFR) Received June 30, 2005, pursuant to 
5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2699--July 14, 2005; Letter from the Acting Administrator, 
Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Avocados Grown in 
South Florida; Increased Assessment Rate (Docket No. FV05-915-1 
FR) Received June 30, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2700--July 14, 2005; Letter from the Acting Administrator, 
Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Irish Potatoes Grown 
in Washington; Increased Assessment Rate (Docket No. FV05-946-1 
FR) Received June 27, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2701--July 14, 2005; Letter from the Acting Administrator, 
Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Avocados Grown in 
South Florida; Changes in Container and Reporting Requirements 
(Docket No. FV05-915-2 IFR) Received June 27, 2005, pursuant to 
5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2702--July 14, 2005; Letter from the Management Analyst, 
Rural Utilities Service, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Assistance to High 
Energy Cost Rural Communities (RIN: 0572-AB91). Received June 
17, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2703--July 14, 2005; Letter from the Administrator, Rural 
Business-Cooperative Service, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Intermediary 
Relending Program (RIN: 0570-AA42). Received June 30, 2005, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2704--July 14, 2005; Letter from the Acting Administrator, 
Food Safety and Inspection Service, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Termination of 
Designation of the State of North Dakota With Respect to the 
Inspection of Poultry Products (Docket No. 04-036F) (RIN: 0583-
AD13). Received June 30, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    2705--July 14, 2005; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Mexican Fruit Fly Interstate Movement 
of Regulated Articles (Docket No. 03-059-3) Received June 29, 
2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2706--July 14, 2005; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza; 
Additional Restrictions (Docket No. 04-011-2) Received June 23, 
2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2707--July 14, 2005; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Phytophthora Ramorum; Vacuum Heat 
Treatment for Bay Leaves (Docket No. 04-092-2) Received June 
23, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2708--July 14, 2005; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Citrus Canker Quarantined Areas 
(Docket No. 05-005-2) Received June 23, 2005, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2709--July 14, 2005; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Pine Shoot Beetle Additions to 
Quarantined Areas (Docket No. 05-027-1) Received May 26, 2005, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2710--July 14, 2005; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Oriental Fruit Fly (Docket No. 02-096-
5) Received June 27, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2711--July 14, 2005; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Review Group, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Designated Marketing Associations for 
Peanuts (RIN: 0560-AH20). Received June 20, 2005, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2712--July 14, 2005; Letter from the Administrator, Foreign 
Agricultural Service, Department of Agriculture, transmitting 
the Department's final rule--Emerging Markets Program (RIN: 
0551-AA62). Received June 23, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    2713--July 14, 2005; Letter from the Acting Administrator, 
Rural Utilities Service, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Rural Broadband 
Access Loans and Loan Guarantees (RIN: 0572-AB81). Received 
April 7, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2714--July 14, 2005; Letter from the Acting Administrator, 
Rural Utilities Service, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Specifications and 
Drawings for 12.4
    7.2 kV Line Construction--Received April 7, 2005, pursuant 
to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2715--July 14, 2005; Letter from the Chief, Regulatory 
Review Group, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Extra Long Staple Cotton Prices (RIN: 
0560-AH36). Received June 16, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    2716--July 14, 2005; Letter from the Chairman, Farm Credit 
Administration, transmitting the Administration's final rule--
Assessment and Apportionment of Administrative Expenses; Loan 
Policies and Operations; Funding and Fiscal Affairs, Loan 
Policies and Operations, and Funding Operations; Disclosure to 
Shareholders; Capital Adequacy Risk-Weighting Revisions (RIN: 
3052-AC09). Received June 17, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    2717--July 14, 2005; Letter from the Chairman, Farm Credit 
Administration, transmitting the Administration's final rule--
Borrower Rights (RIN: 3052-AC24). Received April 18, 2005, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2735--July 14, 2005; Letter from the Assistant Director, 
Directives and Regulations Branch, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Special Areas; State 
Petition for Inventoried Roadless Area Management (RIN: 0596-
AC10). Received May 31, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    2815--July 19, 2005; Letter from the Secretary, Department 
of Agriculture, transmitting the annual assessment of the 
cattle and hog industries, pursuant to 7 U.S.C. 181 et seq..
    2890--July 19, 2005; Letter from the Secretary, Department 
of Agriculture, transmitting a copy of the Department's Annual 
Report to Congress on the Biomass Research and Development 
Initiative for fiscal year 2003, pursuant to 7 U.S.C. 2624 
note.
    2891--July 20, 2005; Letter from the Acting Administrator, 
AMS, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's 
final rule--Almonds Grown in California Revision to 
Requirements Regarding Credit for Promotion and Advertising 
(Docket No. FV05-981-1 IFR) Received June 30, 2005, pursuant to 
5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2892--July 20, 2005; Letter from the Acting Under 
Secretary, Rural Development, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Renewable Energy 
Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements Grant, Guaranteed 
Loan, and Direct Loan Program (RIN: 0570-AA50). Received July 
11, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    2943--July 21, 2005; Letter from the RMA, Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Common Crop Insurance Regulations; Nursery Crop Insurance 
Provisions (RIN: 0563-AB80). Received July 11, 2005, pursuant 
to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    3032--July 22, 2005; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza; 
Additional Restrictions (Docket No. 04-011-3) Received July 21, 
2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    3148--July 25, 2005; Letter from the Acting Administrator, 
AMS, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's 
final rule--Irish Potatoes Grown in Washington; Order Amending 
Marketing Order No. 946 (Docket No. AO-F&V-946-3; FV03-946-01 
FR) Received July 18, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    3149--July 25, 2005; Letter from the Chief, Regulatory 
Analysis and Development, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Tuberculosis 
Reduction in Timeframe for Movement of Cattle and Bison from 
Modified Accredited and Accreditation Preparatory States or 
Zones Without an Individual Tuberculin Test (Docket No. 04-065-
1) Received May 24, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    3150--July 25, 2005; Letter from the Chairman and Chief 
Executive Officer, Farm Credit Administration, transmitting the 
Administration's final rule--Disclosure to Shareholders; 
Accounting and Reporting Requirements; Federal Agriculture 
Mortgage Corporation General Provisions; Federal Agriculture 
Mortgage Corporation Governance; Federal Agriculture Mortgage 
Corporation Funding and Fiscal Affairs; Federal Agriculture 
Mortgage Corporation Disclosure and Reporting Requirements 
(RIN: 3052-AC18). Received July 18, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    3226--July 25, 2005; Letter from the Chairman, Farm Credit 
System Insurance Corporation, transmitting the Corporation's 
annual report for calendar year 2004, pursuant to 12 U.S.C. 
2277a-13.
    3306--July 27, 2005; Letter from the Chief, Regulatory 
Analysis & Development, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Tuberculosis in 
Cattle and Bison; State and Zone Designations; New Mexico 
(Docket No. 04-068-1) Received July 26, 2005, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    3359--July 27, 2005; Letter from the Secretary, Department 
of Agriculture, transmitting a legislative proposal entitled, 
``To provide for greater efficiency in the management and 
realignment of administrative sites on the National Forest 
System''.
    3362--July 28, 2005; Letter from the Acting Administrator, 
AMS, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's 
final rule--Pistachios Grown in California Establishment of 
Reporting Requirements (Docket No. FV05-983-1 FR) Received July 
25, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    3363--July 28, 2005; Letter from the Acting Administrator, 
AMS, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's 
final rule--Increase in Fees and Charges for Egg, Poultry, and 
Rabbit Growing (Docket No. PY-05-001) (RIN: 0581-AC44). 
Received July 22, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    3364--July 28, 2005; Letter from the Acting Administrator, 
AMS, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's 
final rule--Pistachios Grown in California Establishment of 
Procedures for Exempting Handlers from Minimum Quality Testing 
(Docket No. FV05-983-4 IFR) Received July 22, 2005, pursuant to 
5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    3365--July 28, 2005; Letter from the Director, Office of 
Energy Policy and New Uses, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Guidelines for 
Designating Biobased Products for Federal Procurement (RIN: 
0503-AA26). Received January 19, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    3366--July 28, 2005; Letter from the Director, Regulations 
Policy and Mgmt. Staff, FDA, Department of Health and Human 
Services, transmitting the Department's final rule--Food 
Additives Permitted for Direct Addition to Food for Human 
Consumption; Glycerol Ester of Gum Rosin (Docket No. 2003F-
0471) Received April 18, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    3367--July 28, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Two Isopropylamine Salts 
of Alkyl C4 and Alkyl C8-10 Ethoxyphosphate Esters Exemption 
from the Requirement of a Tolerance; Technical Correction (OPP-
2005-0115; FRL-7725-1) Received July 13, 2005, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    3368--July 28, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Sulfuryl Fluoride; 
Pesticide Tolerance (OPP-2005-0174; FRL-7723-7) Received July 
13, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    3369--July 28, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Spirodiclofen Pesticide 
Tolerance (OPP-2005-0075; FRL-7714-3) Received July 11, 2005, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    3370--July 28, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Potassium Triodide; 
Pesticide Chemical Not Requiring a Tolerance or an Exemption 
from Tolerance (OPP-2004-0322; FRL-7714-4) Received July 11, 
2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    3371--July 28, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Fenpropathrin Re-
Establishment of Tolerance for Emergency (OPP-2005-0192; FRL-
7723-2) Received July 21, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    3372--July 28, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Dimethyl Ether Exemption 
from the Requirement of a Tolerance; Technical Correction (OPP-
2005-0109; FRL-7721-1) Received July 21, 2005, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    3373--July 28, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Alpha-cyclodextrin, Beta-
cyclodextrin, and Gamma-cyclodextrin; Exemption from the 
Requirement of a Tolerance (OPP-2002-0294; FRL-7720-9) Received 
July 21, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    3374--July 28, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Etoxazole Pesticide 
Tolerance (OPP-2005-0170; FRL-7723-3) Received July 19, 2005, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    3375--July 28, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Spiromesifen Pesticide 
Tolerance; Technical Correction (OPP-2005-0046; FRL-7727-7) 
Received July 22, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    3376--July 28, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Pymetrozone Pesticide 
Tolerance (OPP-2005-0106; FRL-7724-5) Received July 22, 2005, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    3377--July 28, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Propiconazole Pesticide 
Tolerances for Emergency Exemptions (OPP-2005-0196; FRL-7727-1) 
Received July 22, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    3378--July 28, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Pinoxaden Pesticide 
Tolerance (OPP-2005-0184; FRL-7725-5) Received July 22, 2005, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    3379--July 28, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Lignosulfonates 
Exemptions from the Requirement of a Tolerance (OPP-2005-0171; 
FRL-7720-3) Received July 22, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    3380--July 28, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--2, 4-D; Pesticide 
Tolerance (OPP-2005-0038; FRL-7726-8) Received July 22, 2005, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    3515--July 29, 2005; Letter from the Chief, Regulatory 
Analysis and Development, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Tuberculosis in 
Cattle and Bison; State and Zone Designations; California 
(Docket No. 05-010-2) Received July 29, 2005, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    3516--July 29, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Acetic Acid Exemption 
from the Requirement of a Tolerance (OPP-2005-0154; FRL-7717-2) 
Received July 28, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    3633--September 6, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Topramezone Pesticide 
Tolerences (OPP-2005-0156; FRL-7726-9) Received August 3, 2005, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    3634--September 6, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Inert ingredients; 
Revocation of Pesticide Tolerance Exemptions for Three CFC 
Chemicals (OPP-2005-0068; FRL-7728-5) Received August 3, 2005, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    3635--September 6, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Alachlor, Carbaryl, 
Diazinon, Disulfoton, Pirimiphos-methyl, and Vinclozolin 
Tolerance Revocations (OPP-2005-0183; FRL-7725-6) Received 
August 3, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    3636--September 6, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--2-amino-4, 5-dihydro-6-
methyl-4-propyl s-triazolo (1,5-alpha) pyrimidin-5-one (PP796) 
Exemption from the Requirement of a Tolerance (OPP-2005-0141; 
FRL-7728-1) Received August 10, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    3665--September 7, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Methoxyfenozide Pesticide 
Tolerances for Emergency Exemptions (OPP-2005-0224; FRL-7732-3) 
Received August 25, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    3666--September 7, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Halosulfuron-methyl; 
Pesticide Tolerances for Emergency Exemptions (OPP-2005-0165; 
FRL-7719-8) Received August 25, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    3667--September 7, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Flonicamid Pesticide 
Tolerance (OPP-2005-0217; FRL-7731-6) Received August 25, 2005, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    3868--September 14, 2005; Letter from the Secretary, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting a draft of proposed 
legislation, ``To amend the Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act 
to authorize the Secretary of Agriculture to provide certain 
financial assistance to the Federated States of Micronesia, the 
Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau''.
    3907--September 14, 2005; Letter from the Deputy Associate 
Administrator for Congressional Relations, Environmental 
Protection Agency, transmitting two proposed bills to amend the 
Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and the Federal 
Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).
    3959--September 19, 2005; Letter from the Secretary, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting a draft bill, ``to 
authorize the Secretary of Agriculture, at the request of a 
participating State, to convey to the State, by quitclaim deed, 
without consideration, any land or interests in land acquired 
within the State under the Forest Legacy Program''.
    4007--September 20, 2005; Letter from the Administrator, 
Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Tomatoes Grown in 
Florida; Revisions in Requirement of Certificates of Privilege 
(Docket No. FV05-966-1 FR) Received September 15, 2005, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4008--September 20, 2005; Letter from the Administrator, 
Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Irish Potatoes Grown 
in Washington; Modification of Pack Requirements (Docket No. 
FV05-946-3 IFR) Received September 15, 2005, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4009--September 20, 2005; Letter from the Administrator, 
Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Walnuts Grown in 
California; Suspension of Provision Regarding Eligibility of 
Walnut Marketing Board Members (Docket No. FV05-984-1 IFR) 
Received September 15, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4010--September 20, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Cyhexatin Tolerance 
Actions (OPP-2005-0160; FRL-7732-8) Received September 14, 
2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4011--September 20, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Bacillus Thuringiensis 
Cry34Ab1 and Cry35Ab1 Proteins and the Genetic Material 
Necessary of Their Production in Corn; Exemption from the 
Requirement of a Tolerance (OPP-2005-0211-FRL-7735-4) Received 
September 14, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4012--September 20, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Aminopyridine Ammonia, 
Chloropicrin, Diazinon, Dihydro-5-heptyl-2(3H)-furanone, 
Dihydro-5-pentyl-2(3H)-furanone, and Viclozolin; Tolerance 
Actions (OPP-2005-0209; FRL-7732-5) Received September 14, 
2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4093--September 21, 2005; Letter from the Secretary, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting a copy of the 
Department's Annual Report to Congress on the Biomass Research 
and Development Initiative for fiscal year 2004, pursuant to 7 
U.S.C. 7624 note.
    4145--September 26, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Lactic Acid, 2-Ethylhexyl 
Ester; Exemption from the Requirement of a Tolerance (OPP-2003-
0230; FRL-7729-5) Received September 1, 2005, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4146--September 26, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--S-metolachlor Pesticide 
Tolerance (OPP-2004-0326; FRL-7716-1) Received September 1, 
2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4147--September 26, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Amicarbazone Pesticide 
Tolerance (OPP-2005-0185; FRL-7736-3) Received September 19, 
2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4148--September 26, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Bacillus Thuringiensis 
Cry34Ab1 and Cry35Ab1 Proteins and the Genetic Material 
Necessary for Their Production in Corn; Exemption from the 
Requirement of a Tolerance (OPP-2005-0211; FRL-7735-4) Received 
September 19, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4149--September 26, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Boscalid Pesticide 
Tolerances for Emergency Exemptions (OPP-2005-0259; FRL-7737-9) 
Received September 19, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4150--September 26, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Inert Ingredients; 
Revocation of 34 Pesticide Tolerance Exemptions for 31 
Chemicals (OPP-2005-0069; FRL-7737-3) Received September 19, 
2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4151--September 26, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Iprovalicarb Pesticide 
Tolerance (OPP-2005-0074; FRL-7736-2) Received September 19, 
2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4152--September 26, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Lindane Tolerance Actions 
(OPP-2004-0246; FRL-7734-3) Received September 19, 2005, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4153--September 26, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Reynoutria Sachalinensis 
Extract; Exemption from the Requirement of a Tolerance (OPP-
2005-0221; FRL-7730-3) Received September 19, 2005, pursuant to 
5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4195--September 27, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Tebuconazole Pesticide 
Tolerances for Emergency Exemptions (OPP-2005-0208; FRL-7727-5) 
Received August 2,2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4196--September 27, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Fenpropathrin Pesticide 
Tolerance (OPP-2005-0133; FRL-7738-7) Received September 23, 
2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4197--September 27, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Kasugamycin Pesticide 
Tolerance (OPP-2005-0017; FRL-7736-4) Received September 23, 
2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4198--September 27, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Muscodor albus QST 20799 
and the Volatiles Produced on Rehydration; Exemption from the 
Requirement of a Tolerance (OPP-2005-0244; FRL-7739-5) Received 
September 23, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4199--September 27, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Pesticides Removal of 
Expired Time-Limited Tolerance Exemptions (OPP-2005-0238 FRL-
7735-8) Received September 23, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    4200--September 27, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Pyridaben Pesticide 
Tolerance (OPP-2005-0267; FRL-7738-6) Received September 23, 
2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4201--September 27, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Pyriproxyfen Pesticide 
Tolerance (OPP-2005-0246; FRL-7737-8) Received September 23, 
2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4202--September 27, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Myclobutanil Pesticide 
Tolerances for Emergency Exemptions (OPP-2005-0225; FRL-7731-2) 
Received August 23, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4398--October 6, 2005; Letter from the Chairman and Chief 
Executive Officer, Farm Credit Administration, transmitting the 
Administration's final rule--title IV Conservators, Receivers, 
and Voluntary Liquidations; Receivership Repudiation 
Authorities (RIN: 3052-AC26). Received September 26, 2005, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4399--October 6, 2005; Letter from the Chairman and Chief 
Executive Officer, Farm Credit Administration, transmitting the 
Administration's final rule--Funding and Fiscal Affairs, Loan 
Policies and Operations, and Funding Operations Investments, 
Liquidity, and Divestiture (RIN: 3052-AC22). Received September 
8, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4440--October 6, 2005; Letter from the Chairman, Farm 
Credit Administration, transmitting the Administration's final 
rule--Organization; Standards of Conduct and Referral of Known 
or Suspected Criminal Violations; Loan Policies and Operations; 
Funding and Fiscal Affairs, Loan Policies and Operations, and 
Funding Operations; Disclosure to Shareholders; Preferred Stock 
(RIN: 3052-AC21). Received September 20, 2005, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4471--October 17, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Imidacloprid Pesticide 
Tolerances for Emergency Exemptions (OPP-2005-0260; FRL-7738-8) 
Received October 4, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4576--October 19, 2005; Letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--West Indian Fruit Fly; Regulated Articles (Docket No. 04-
127-2) Received October 4, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    4577--October 19, 2005; Letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Mexican Fruit Fly; Quarantined Areas and Treatments for 
Regulated Articles (Docket No. 02-129-5) Received October 4, 
2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4578--October 19, 2005; Letter from the Under Secretary, 
Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services, Department of 
Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final rule--
Commodity Supplemental Food Program--Plain Language, Program 
Accountability, and Program Flexibility (RIN: 0584-AC84). 
Received August 23, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4579--October 19, 2005; Letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Asian Longhorned Beetle; Removal of Regulated Areas 
(Docket No. 05-011-2) Received August 23, 2005, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4580--October 19, 2005; Letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Brucellosis in Swine; Add Florida to List of Validated 
Brucellosis-Free States (Docket No. 05-009-2) Received August 
23, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4581--October 19, 2005; Letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Noxious Weed Control and Eradication Act Delegation of 
Authority (Docket No. 05-012-1) Received September 27, 2005, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4582--October 19, 2005; Letter from the Administrator, 
Agricultural Marketing Service, Fruit and Vegetable Programs, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Marketing Order Regulating the Handling of Spearmint Oil 
Produced in the Far West; Revision of the Salable Quantity and 
Allotment Percentage for Class 1 (Scotch) and Class 3 (Native) 
Spearmint Oil for 2005-2006 Marketing Year (Docket No. FV05-
985-2 IFR) Received September 27, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    4583--October 19, 2005; Letter from the Administrator, 
Agricultural Marketing Service, Fruit and Vegetable Programs, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Nectarines and Peaches Grown in California; Increased 
Assessment Rates (Docket No. FV05-916-3 FR) Received September 
27, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4584--October 19, 2005; Letter from the Administrator, 
Agricultural Marketing Service, Fruit and Vegetable Programs, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Amendment to the Peanut Promotion, Research, and 
Information Order (FV-05-701-IFR) Received September 27, 2005, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4585--October 19, 2005; Letter from the Administrator, 
Agricultural Marketing Services, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Milk in the Mideast 
Marketing Area; Interim Order Amending the Order (Docket No. 
AO-166-A39; DA-05-01-A) Received September 27, 2005, pursuant 
to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4586--October 19, 2005; Letter from the Agricultural 
Marketing Agency, Science and Technology Programs, Department 
of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final rule--Plant 
Variety Protection Office, Fee Increase (Doc. No. ST-05-02) 
(RIN: 0581-AC42). Received September 27, 2005, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4623--October 19, 2005; Letter from the Fiscal Assistant 
Secretary, Department of the Treasury, transmitting the 
Department's March 2005 ``Treasury Bulletin'', pursuant to 26 
U.S.C. 9602(a).
    4624--October 20, 2005; Letter from the Chief, Regulatory 
Review Group, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Collection of State Commodity 
Assessments (RIN: 0560-AH35). Received September 8, 2005, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4625--October 20, 2005; Letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Imported Fire Ant; Additions to Quarantined Areas in 
Arkansas and Tennessee (Docket No. 05-030-1) Received August 
23, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4626--October 20, 2005; Letter from the Director, 
Regulations Policy and Management Staff, Department of Health 
and Human Services, transmitting the Department's final rule--
Listing of Color Additives Exempt From Certification; Tomato 
Lycopene Extract and Tomato Lycopene Concentrate (Docket No. 
2001C-0486) (formerly Docket No. 01C-0486). Received August 12, 
2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4714--October 25, 2005; Letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Protected Plant 
Permits (Docket No. 04-137-1) Received October 7, 2005, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4715--October 25, 2005; Letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Noxious Weed Control 
and Eradication Act; Revisions to Authority Citations (Docket 
No. 05-012-2) Received October 7, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    4716--October 25, 2005; Letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Tuberculosis in 
Cattle and Bison; State and Zone Designations; Michigan (Docket 
No. 05-035-1) Received October 7, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    4717--October 25, 2005; Letter from the Administrator, 
Agricultural Marketing Service, FVP, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Kiwifruit Grown in 
California; Increased Assessment Rate (Docket No. FV05-920-2 
FR) Received October 7, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    4718--October 25, 2005; Letter from the Administrator, 
Agricultural Marketing Service, FVP, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Melons Grown in South 
Texas; Continued Suspension of Handling and Assessment 
Collection Regulations (Docket No. FV05-979-2 IFR) Received 
October 7, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4719--October 25, 2005; Letter from the Administrator, 
Agricultural Marketing Service, FVP, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Kiwifruit Grown in 
California; Relaxation of Pack Requirements (Docket No. FV05-
920-1 FR) Received October 7, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    4720--October 25, 2005; Letter from the Administrator, 
Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Quality Systems 
Verification Programs (No. LS-02-10) (RIN: 0581-AC12). Received 
October 13, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4721--October 25, 2005; Letter from the Administrator, 
Dairy Programs, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Milk in the Appalachian and Southeast 
Marketing Areas; Order Amending the Orders (Docket No. AO-388-
A15 and AO-366-A44; DA-03-11) Received October 13, 2005, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4807--October 27, 2005; Letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Stall Reservations at Import 
Quarantine Facilities (Docket No. 02-024-2) Received October 7, 
2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4808--October 27, 2005; Letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--2004 Dairy Disaster Assistance Payment 
Program (RIN: 0560-AH28). Received October 7, 2005, pursuant to 
5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4868--October 31, 2005; Letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Certification Program 
for Imported Articles of Pelargonium spp. and Solanum spp. To 
Prevent Introduction of Potato Brown Rot (Docket No. 03-019-3) 
Received October 25, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4869--October 31, 2005; Letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Asian Longhorned 
Beetle; Addition and Removal of Quarantined Areas in New Jersey 
(Docket No. 05-066-1) Received October 25, 2005, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4870--October 31, 2005; Letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Tuberculosis; Amend 
the Definition of Affected Herd (Docket No. 02-111-2) Received 
October 25, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4871--October 31, 2005; Letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Tuberculosis in 
Cattle and Bison; State and Zone Designations; New Mexico 
(Docket No. 04-068-3) Received October 25, 2005, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4890--November 2, 2005; Letter from the Chief, Regulatory 
Review Group, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Guaranteed Farm Ownership and 
Operating Loan Requirements (RIN: 0560-AG65). Received October 
7, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4891--November 2, 2005; Letter from the Administrator, AMS, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Oranges, Grapefruit, Tangerines, and Tangelos Grown in 
Florida; Modifying Procedures and Establishing Regulations To 
Limit Shipments of Small Sizes of Red Seedless Grapefruit 
(Docket No. FV05-905-2 IFR) Received September 15, 2005, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    4892--November 2, 2005; Letter from the Director, 
Regulations Policy and Management Staff, Department of Health 
and Human Services, transmitting the Department's final rule--
Food Labeling; Nutrient Content Claims, Definition of Sodium 
Levels for the Term ``Healthy'' (Docket Nos. 1991N-0384H and 
1996P-0500) (formerly 91N-384H and 96P-0500) (RIN: 910-AC49). 
Received October 19, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    5083--November 9, 2005; Letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Emerald Ash Borer 
Quarantined Areas (Docket No. 05-067-1) Received November 3, 
2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    5191--November 15, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--2-Bromo-2-Nitro-1, 3-
Propanediol (Bronopol); Exemptions from the Requirement of a 
Tolerance (OPP-2005-0280; FRL-7743-5) Received November 8, 
2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    5192--November 15, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Flucarbazone-sodium; 
Time-Limited Pesticide Tolerance (OPP-2005-0254 FRL-7740-8) 
Received November 8, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    5193--November 15, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--S-metolachlor Pesticide 
Tolerance Technical Correction (OPP-2004-0326; FRL-7741-7) 
Received November 14, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    5194--November 15, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Sulfosulfuron Pesticide 
Tolerances for Emergency Exemptions (OPP-2005-0270; FRL-7740-1) 
Received November 14, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    5227--November 16, 2005; Letter from the Administrator, 
Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Business and Industry 
Guaranteed Loan Program Annual Renewal Fee (RIN: 0570-AA34). 
Received October 6, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    5228--November 16, 2005; Letter from the Regulatory 
Analyst, Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards 
Administration, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Review Inspection Requirements for 
Graded Commodities (RIN: 0580-AA89). Received November 10, 
2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    5229--November 16, 2005; Letter from the Administrator, 
AMS, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's 
final rule--Marketing Order Regulating the Handling of Pears 
Grown in Oregon and Washington; Control Committee Rules and 
Regulation (Docket No. FV05-927-2) Received November 9, 2005, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    5230--November 16, 2005; Letter from the Administrator, 
AMS, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's 
final rule--Regulations Governing the California Clingstone 
Peach (Tree Removal) Diversion Program (Docket No. FV05-82-01-
FR) (RIN: 0581-AC45). Received November 9, 2005, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    5231--November 16, 2005; Letter from the Administrator, 
AMS, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's 
final rule--Domestic Dates Produced or Packed in Riverside 
County, CA; Increased Assessment Rate (Docket No. FV05-987-1 
FR) Received November 9, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    5532--December 7, 2005; Letter from the Administrator, AMS, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Milk in the Arizona-Las Vegas Marketing Area Order 
Amending the Order (Docket No. AO-271-A37; DA-03-04-A) Received 
November 29, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    5591--December 12, 2005; Letter from the Chairman and Chief 
Executive Officer, Farm Credit Administration, transmitting the 
Administration's final rule--Organization and Functions; 
Releasing Information; Privacy Act Regulations; Farm Credit 
Administration Board Meetings; and Enforcement of 
Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Handicap in Programs or 
Activities Conducted by the Farm Credit Administration (RIN: 
3052-AB82). Received November 18, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    5611--December 13, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Ethylhexyl 
Glucopyranosides; Exemption from the Requirement of a Tolerance 
(OPP-2002-0166; FRL-7729-6) Received September 13, 2005, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    5612--December 13, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Alkyl (C10-C16) 
Polyglycosides; Exemptions from the Requirement of a Tolerance 
(OPP-2003-0362; FRL-7729-7) Received September 13, 2005, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    5613--December 13, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Announcement of the 
Delegation of Partial Administrative Authority for 
Implementation of Federal Implementation Plan for the Nez Perce 
Reservation to the Nez Perce Tribe (R10-OAR-2005-TR-0001; FRL-
7970-2) Received September 13, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    5614--December 13, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Myclobutanil Re-
Establishment of a Tolerance for Emergency Exemption (OPP-2005-
0248 FRL-7736-1) Received September 13, 2005, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    5615--December 13, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Tralkoxydim Pesticide 
Tolerance (OPP-2005-0175; FRL-7722-6) Received November 18, 
2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    5616--December 13, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Fluoxastrobin Pesticide 
Tolerances (OPP-2003-0129; FRL-7719-9) Received September 13, 
2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    5693--December 16, 2005; Letter from the Regulatory 
Analyst, Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards 
Administration, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Export Inspection and Weighing Waiver 
for High Quality Specialty Grains Transported in Containers 
(RIN: 0580-AA87) Received December 9, 2005, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    5694--December 16, 2005; Letter from the Chief, Electronic 
Benefit Transfer Branch, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Food Stamp Program, 
Reauthorization: Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) and Retail 
Food Stores Provisions of the Food Stamp Reauthorization Act of 
2002 (Amendment No. 397) (RIN: 0584-AD28). Received December 9, 
2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    5695--December 16, 2005; Letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy; 
Minimal-Risk Regions and Importation of Commodities Unsealing 
of Means of Conveyance and Transloading of Products (Docket No. 
03-080-8) (RIN: 0579-AB97). Received December 1, 2005, pursuant 
to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    5696--December 16, 2005; Letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Flag Smut Importation of Wheat and 
Related Products (Docket No. 05-058-3) Received December 1, 
2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    5697--December 16, 2005; Letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Importation of Fruits and Vegetables 
(Docket No. 03-048-2) Received December 9, 2005, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    5698--December 16, 2005; Letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Karnal Bunt Addition and Removal of 
Regulated Areas in Arizona (Docket No. 05-078-1) Received 
December 14, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    5699--December 16, 2005; Letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Importation of Whole Cuts of Boneless 
Beef from Japan (Docket No. 05-004-2) (RIN: 0579-AB93). 
Received December 14, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    5700--December 16, 2005; Letter from the Secretary, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting a copy of draft 
legislation, which would provide that the preparation of 
certain reports required by the Government Performance and 
Results Act of 1993 (GPRA), are deemed to fulfill the 
requirements for similar reports under the Forest and Rangeland 
Renewable Resources Planning Act of 1974 (RPA).
    5701--December 16, 2005; Letter from the Director, 
Regulations Policy and Management Staff, Food and Drug 
Administration, transmitting the Administration's final rule--
Food Additives Permitted for Direct Addition to Food for Human 
Consumption Vitamin D3 (Docket No. 2004F-0374) Received 
December 9, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    5824--December 16, 2005; Letter from the Administrator, 
Food and Nutrition Service, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Marketing and Sale of 
Fluid Milk in Schools (RIN: 0584-AD57). Received December 5, 
2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    5831--December 16, 2005; Letter from the Secretary, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting a copy of draft 
legislation to assist the Department in the development of a 
National Natural Resources Conservation Foundation.
    5861--December 18, 2005; Letter from the Administrator, 
Housing and Community Facilities Programs, Department of 
Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final rule--Direct 
Single Family Housing Loans and Grants (RIN: 0575-AC54). 
Received December 9, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    5862--December 18, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Bifenazate Pesticide 
Tolerances for Emergency Exemptions (EPA-HQ-OPP-2005-0276 FRL-
7746-5) Received December 15, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    5863--December 18, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Acetic acid, ((5-chloro-
8-quinolinyl) oxy)-, 1-methylhexyl ester (Cloquintocet-mexyl) 
Pesticide Tolerance (EPA-HQ-OPP-2005-0234; FRL-7753-4) Received 
December 12, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    5911--December 22, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Extension of Tolerances 
for Emergency Exemptions (Multiple Chemicals) (EPA-HQ-OPP-2005-
0292; FRL-7749-4) Received December 20, 2005, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    5912--December 22, 2005; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Dichlomid Extension of 
Time-Limited Pesticide Tolerance (EPA-HQ-OPP-2005-0477 FRL-
7753-9) Received December 21, 2005, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    5955--January 31, 2006; Letter from the Administrator, AMS, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Revision of Fees for the Fresh Fruit and Vegetables 
Terminal Market Inspection Services (Docket Number FV-04-310) 
(RIN: 0581-AC46). Received January 3, 2006, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    5956--January 31, 2006; Letter from the Administrator, AMS, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Fresh Bartlett Pears Grown in Oregon and Washington; 
Termination of Marketing Order No. 931 (Docket No. FV05-931-1 
FR) Received January 3, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    5957--January 31, 2006; Letter from the Administrator, AMS, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--USDA Farmers Market Operating Procedures (Docket No. TM-
04-09) (RIN: 0581-AC39). Received January 3, 2006, pursuant to 
5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    5958--January 31, 2006; Letter from the Administrator, AMS, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Dried Prunes Produced in California Decreased Assessment 
Rate (Docket No. FV05-993-5 FIR) Received January 3, 2006, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    5959--January 31, 2006; Letter from the Administrator, 
FSIS, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's 
final rule--Addition of Chile to the List of Countries Eligible 
to Export Meat and Meat Products to the United States (Docket 
No. 02-019F) (RIN: 0583-AD16). Received January 6, 2006, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    5960--January 31, 2006; Letter from the Director, 
Regulations Policy and Management Staff, Food and Drug 
Administration, transmitting the Administration's final rule--
Biological Products; Bacterial Vaccines and Toxoids; 
Implementation of Efficacy Review (Docket No. 1980N-0208) 
Received January 6, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    6140--February 14, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Imazethapyr Pesticide 
Tolerance (EPA-HQ-OPP-2005-0508; FRL-7755-8) Received February 
1, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    6240--February 16, 2006; Letter from the Executive 
Director, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, transmitting 
the Commission's final rule--Technical and Clarifying 
Amendments to Rules for Exempt Markets, Derivatives Transaction 
Execution Facilities and Designated Contract Markets, and 
Procedural Changes for Derivatives Clearing Organization 
Registration Applications (RIN: 3038-AC23). Received February 
3, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    6241--February 16, 2006; Letter from the Executive 
Director, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, transmitting 
the Commission's final rule--Foreign Futures and Options 
Transactions--February 3, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    6242--February 16, 2006; Letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Black Stem Rust 
Movement Restrictions and Addition of Rust-Resistent Varieties 
(Docket No. 04-003-2) Received February 6, 2006, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    6243--February 16, 2006; Letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Add Argentina to the 
List of Regions Considered Free of Exotic Newcastle Disease 
(Docket No. 04-083-3) Received February 3, 2006, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    6244--February 16, 2006; Letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Administration's final rule--Tuberculosis in 
Cattle and Bison; State and Zone Designations; Minnesota 
(Docket No. APHIS-2006-0004) Received February 3, 2006, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    6245--February 16, 2006; Letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Brucellosis in 
Cattle; State and Area Classifications; ID (Docket No. APHIS-
2006-0001) Received January 24, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    6246--February 16, 2006; Letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Treatments for Fruits 
and Vegetables (Docket No. 03-077-2) Received January 30, 2006, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    6247--February 16, 2006; Letter from the Administrator, 
Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Walnuts Grown in 
California; Increased Assessment Rate (Docket No. FV05-984-2 
FR) Received January 7, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    6248--February 16, 2006; Letter from the Administrator, 
Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Marketing Order 
Regulating the Handling of Spearmint Oil Produced in the Far 
West; Revision of the Salable Quantity and Allotment Percentage 
for Class 3 (Native) Spearmint Oil for the 2005-2006 Marketing 
Year (Docket No. FV05-985-IFR A) Received January 17, 2006, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    6249--February 16, 2006; Letter from the Administrator, 
Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Milk in the Upper 
Midwest Marketing Area; Order Amending the Order (Docket No. 
AO-361-A39; DA-04-03-A) Received January 17, 2006, pursuant to 
5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    6250--February 16, 2006; Letter from the Administrator, 
Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Hazelnuts Grown in 
Oregon and Washington; Establishment of Final Free and 
Restricted Percentages for the 2005-2006 Marketing Year (Docket 
No. FV06-982-1 IFR) Received January 17, 2006, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    6251--February 16, 2006; Letter from the Administrator, 
Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Tart Cherries Grown 
in the States of Michigan, et al.; Final Free and Restricted 
Percentages for the 2005-2006 Crop Year for Tart Cherries 
(Docket No. FV05-930-1 FR) Received January 17, 2006, pursuant 
to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    6252--February 16, 2006; Letter from the Administrator, 
Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Oranges, Grapefruit, 
Tangerines, and Tangelos Grown in Florida; Increased Assessment 
Rate (Docket No. FV06-905-1 IFR) Received February 8, 2006, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    6253--February 16, 2006; Letter from the Director, 
Regulations Policy and Management Staff, Food and Drug 
Administration, transmitting the Administration's final rule--
Food Additives Permitted for Direct Addition to Food for Human 
Consumption Synthetic Fatty Alcohols (Docket No. 1994F-0153) 
(formerly Docket No. 94F-0153). Received January 4, 2006, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    6254--February 16, 2006; Letter from the Director, 
Regulations Policy and Management Staff, Food and Drug 
Administration, transmitting the Administration's final rule--
Food Labeling: Health Claims; Soluble Dietary Fiber From 
Certain Foods and Coronary Heart Disease (Docket No. 2004P-
0512) Received January 9, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    6255--February 16, 2006; Letter from the Director, 
Regulations Policy and Management Staff, Food and Drug 
Administration, transmitting the Administration's final rule--
Food Labeling; Ingredient Labeling of Dietary Supplements That 
Contain Botanicals; Withdrawal (Docket No. 2003N-0346) Received 
January 9, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    6347--March 1, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Boscalid Pesticide 
Tolerance (EPA-HQ-OPP-2005-0145; FRL-7757-9) Received February 
15, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    6348--March 1, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Pesticide Management and 
Disposal; Standards for Pesticide Containers and Containment; 
Notification to the Secretary of Agriculture (EPA-HQ-OPP-2005-
0327; FRL-7749-1) (RIN: 2070-AB95). Received February 23, 2006, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    6516--March 8, 2006; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Mediterranean Fruit Fly; Add Portions 
of Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and Santa Clara Counties, CA, 
to the List of Quarantined Areas (Docket No. APHIS-2005-0116) 
Received February 15, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    6517--March 8, 2006; Letter from the Chief, Regulatory 
Review Group, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Cottonseed Payment Program (RIN: 0560-
AH29). Received January 30, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    6518--March 8, 2006; Letter from the Chairman and CEO, Farm 
Credit Administration, transmitting the Administration's final 
rule--Organization; Standards of Conduct and Referral of Known 
or Suspected Criminal Violations; Loan Policies and Operations, 
Funding and Fiscal Affairs, Loan Policies and Operations, and 
Funding Operations; General Provisions; Definitions; Disclosure 
to Shareholders; Disclosure to Investors in System-wide and 
Consolidated Bank Debt Obligations of the Farm Credit System 
(RIN: 3052-AC19). Received February 17, 2006, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    6583--March 8, 2006; Letter from the Chairman, Farm Credit 
System Insurance Corporation, transmitting the Corporation's 
final rule--Golden Parachute and Indemnification Payments (RIN: 
3055-AA08). Received February 17, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    6629--March 13, 2006; Letter from the Administrator, FSIS, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Ante-Mortem Inspection of Horses (Docket No. 05-0361IF; 
FDMS Docket Number FSIS-2005-0040) (RIN: 0583-AD21). Received 
February 21, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    6696--March 15, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Flumiclorac Pentyl; 
Pesticide Tolerance (EPA-HQ-OPP-2005-0311; FRL-7764-1) Received 
March 6, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    6697--March 15, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Pesticides Emergency 
Exemption Process Revisions (EPA-HQ-OPP-2004-0038; FRL-7749-3) 
(RIN: 2070-AD36). Received January 24, 2006, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    6698--March 15, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Sorbitol Octanoate; 
Exemption from the Requirement of a Tolerance (EPA-HQ-OPP-2005-
0515; FRL-7757-2) Received January 24, 2006, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    6721--March 16, 2006; Letter from the Administrator, FSIS, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Changes in Fees for Meat, Poultry, and Egg Products 
Inspection Services--Fiscal Years 2006-2008 (Docket No. 03-
027F; FDMS Docket Number FSIS-2005-0025) (RIN: 0583-AD12). 
Received February 21, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    6722--March 16, 2006; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Add Kazakhstan, Romania, Russia, 
Turkey, and Ukraine to List of Regions in Which Highly 
Pathogenic Avian Influenza Subtype H5N1 is Considered to Exist 
(Docket No. APHIS-2006-0010) Received February 15, 2006, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    6735--March 16, 2006; Letter from the Assistant Director, 
Directives and Regulations Branch, Office of Regulatory and 
Management Services, USDA Forest Service, Department of 
Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final rule--Travel 
Management; Designated Routes and Areas for Motor Vehicle Use 
(RIN: 0596-AC11). Received January 24, 2006, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    6768--March 29, 2006; Letter from the Executive Director, 
Commodity Futures Trading Commission, transmitting the 
Commission's final rule--Definition of ``Client'' of a 
Commodity Trading Advisor (RIN: 3038-AC20). Received March 14, 
2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    6769--March 29, 2006; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Emerald Ash Borer Quarantined Areas 
(Docket No. 05-067-2) Received March 20, 2006, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    6770--March 29, 2006; Letter from the Administrator, AMS, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Olives Grown in California; Decreased Assessment Rate 
(Docket No. FV06-932-IFR) Received March 14, 2006, pursuant to 
5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    6771--March 29, 2006; Letter from the Administrator, AMS, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Update and Clarify a Shell Egg Grading Definition (Docket 
No. PY-05-003) (RIN: 0581-AC47). Received March 14, 2006, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    6772--March 29, 2006; Letter from the Administrator, AMS, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Amendments to the Potato Research and Promotion Plan 
(Doc. No. FV-05-702-IFR) Received March 14, 2006, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    6773--March 29, 2006; Letter from the Administrator, AMS, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Marketing Order Regulating the Handling of Avocados Grown 
in South Florida; Florida Avocado Maturity Requirements 
Correction (Docket No. FV06-915-1 C) Received March 14, 2006, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    6819--April 3, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Thymol; Exemption from 
the Requirement of a Tolerance (EPA-HQ-OPP-2005-0483; FRL-7754-
9) Received January 17, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    6820--April 3, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Triflumizole Pesticide 
Tolerance (EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0103; FRL-7765-3) Received March 22, 
2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    6821--April 3, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Spinosad Pesticide 
Tolerance (EPA-HQ-OPP-2005-0510; FRL-7758-2) Received March 1, 
2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    6980--April 26, 2006; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Review Group, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Acreage Reports and Noninsured Crop 
Disaster Assistance Program (RIN: 0560-AG20). Received March 
29, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    7029--April 27, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Emamectin Pesticide 
Tolerance (EPA-HQ-OPP-2005-0212; FRL-7765-4) Received April 4, 
2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    7030--April 27, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Pyraclostrobin Pesticide 
Tolerances (EPA-HQ-OPP-2004-0292; FRL-7772-8) Received April 4, 
2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    7031--April 27, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Novaluron Pesticide 
Tolerance (OPP-2005-0525; FRL-7756-8) Received April 4, 2006, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    7092--May 1, 2006; Letter from the Legislative Affairs 
Branch Chief, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's ``Major'' final rule--Healthy Forest Reserve 
Program--Received April 6, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    7093--May 1, 2006; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Importation of Peppers From Certain 
Central American Countries (Docket No. 05-003-3) Received March 
10, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    7094--May 1, 2006; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Karnal Bunt Addition and Removal of 
Regulated Areas in Arizona (Docket No. 05-078-2) Received March 
10, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    7095--May 1, 2006; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Tuberculosis Reduction in Timeframe 
for Movement of Cattle and Bison From Modified Accredited and 
Accreditation Preparatory States or Zones Without an Individual 
Tuberculin Test (Docket No. 04-065-2) Received March 24, 2006, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    7096--May 1, 2006; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Pine Shoot Beetle Interstate Movement 
of Pine Bark Products From Quarantined Areas (Docket No. 04-
031-2) Received March 24, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    7097--May 1, 2006; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Pine Shoot Beetle Additions to 
Quarantined Areas (Docket No. 05-027-2) Received March 27, 
2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    7098--May 1, 2006; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Karnal Bunt Criteria for Releasing 
Fields From Regulation (Docket No. 04-134-2) Received March 27, 
2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    7099--May 1, 2006; Letter from the Administrator, AMS, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Irish Potatoes Grown in Colorado; Relaxation of Handling 
Regulation for Area No. 2 (Docket No. FV05-948-1 FRA) Received 
March 13, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    7100--May 1, 2006; Letter from the Administrator, AMS, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Milk in the Pacific Northwest and Arizona-Las Vegas 
Marketing Areas; Order Amending the Orders (Docket No. AO-368-
A32, AO-271-A37; DA-03-04B) Received March 13, 2006, pursuant 
to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    7101--May 1, 2006; Letter from the Administrator, AMS, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Raisins Produced from Grapes Grown in California; 
Decreased Assessment Rate (Docket No. FV06-989-1 IFR) Received 
March 13, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    7102--May 1, 2006; Letter from the Administrator, AMS, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Pears Grown in Oregon and Washington Establishment of 
Continuing Assessment Rates and Modification of the Rules and 
Regulations (Docket No. FV05-927-01 FR) Received March 13, 
2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    7139--May 2, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Modified Cry3A Protein 
and the Genetic Material for Its Production in Corn; Extension 
of a Temporary Exemption from the Requirement of a Tolerance 
(EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0174; FRL-7766-6) Received March 14, 2006, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    7140--May 2, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Cyfluthrin Pesticide 
Tolerance Technical Correction (EPA-HQ-OPP-2005-0205; FRL-7766-
2! FRL-7766-2) Received April 11, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A). .in 0
    7141--May 2, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Hexythiazox Pesticide 
Tolerances (EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0168; FRL-7768-3) Received March 
16, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    7142--May 2, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Inert Ingredients; 
Revocation of 29 Pesticide Tolerance Exemptions for 27 
Chemicals (EPA-HQ-OPP-2005-0251; FRL-7760-6) Received March 16, 
2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    7143--May 2, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Imidacloprid Pesticide 
Tolerance (EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0053; FRL-7766-8) Received March 16, 
2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    7184--May 3, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Pendimethalin Pesticide 
Tolerance (EPA-HQ-OPP-2005-0056; FRL-7770-4) Received April 6, 
2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    7185--May 3, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Trifloxystrobin Pesticide 
Tolerance (EPA-HQ-OPP-2005-0299; FRL-7759-9) Received March 28, 
2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    7186--May 3, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Flonicamid Pesticide 
Tolerance (EPA-HQ-OPP-2004-0321; FRL-7769-1) Received March 28, 
2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    7187--May 3, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Fenpropimorph Pesticide 
Tolerance (EPA-HQ-OPP-2005-0105; FRL-7761-3) Received March 28, 
2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    7188--May 3, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Fenhexamid Pesticide 
Tolerance (EPA-HQ-OPP-2004-0328; FRL-7769-6) Received March 28, 
2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    7283--May 4, 2006; Letter from the Secretary, Department of 
Agriculture, transmitting a copy of draft legislation to 
authorize the Secretary of Agriculture to dispose of certain 
National Forest System lands and retain receipts.
    7497--May 15, 2006; Letter from the Executive Director, 
Commodity Futures Trading Commission, transmitting the 
Commission's final rule--Alternative Market Risk and Credit 
Risk Capital Charges for Futures Commission Merchants and 
Specified Foreign Currency Forward and Inventory Capital 
Charges (RIN: 3038-AC05). Received March 9, 2006, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    7498--May 15, 2006; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Review Group, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Milk Income Loss Contract Program 
(RIN: 0560-AH47). Received April 26, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    7499--May 15, 2006; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Emerald Ash Borer Quarantined Areas 
(Docket No. 02-125-4) Received March 27, 2006, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    7500--May 15, 2006; Letter from the Legislative Affairs 
Branch, Chief, NRCS, Department of Agriculture, transmitting 
the Department's final rule--Grassland Reserve Program (RIN: 
0578-AA38). Received April 27, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    7501--May 15, 2006; Letter from the Administrator, AMS, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Milk in the Northeast and Other Marketing Areas; Order 
Amending Orders (Docket No. AO-14-A75, et al.; DA-06-06) 
Received May 2, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    7502--May 15, 2006; Letter from the Director, Regulations 
Policy and Management Staff, Food and Drug Administration, 
transmitting the Administration's final rule--Listing of Color 
Additives Exempt From Certification; Tomato Lycopene Extract 
and Tomato Lycopene Concentrate (Docket No. 2001C-0486) 
(formerly Docket No. 01C-0486). Received March 10, 2006, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    7503--May 15, 2006; Letter from the Director, Regulations 
Policy and Management Staff, Food and Drug Administration, 
transmitting the Administration's final rule--Food Additives 
Permitted for Direct Addition to Food for Human Consumption 
Glycerides and Polyglycides (Docket No. 1991F-0457) (formerly 
Docket No. 91F-0457) Received March 27, 2006, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    7516--May 16, 2006; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Review Group, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's ``Major'' final rule--Percentages for Direct and 
Counter-Cyclical Program Advance Payments (RIN: 0560-AH49). 
Received May 8, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    7517--May 16, 2006; Letter from the Regulatory Officer, 
Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--National Forest System Land Management 
Planning (RIN: 0596-AC43). Received April 21, 2006, pursuant to 
5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    7518--May 16, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Administration's final rule--Bacillus 
Thuringiensis VIP3A Insect Control Protein and the Genetic 
Material Necessary for its Production in Cotton; Extension of a 
Temporary Exemption from the Requirement of a Tolerance (EPA-
HQ-OPP-2005-0282; FRL-7722-7) Received April 24, 2006, pursuant 
to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    7519--May 16, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Administration's final rule--Benzaldehyde, 
Captafol, Hexaconazole, Paraformaldehyde, Sodium 
dimethyldithiocarbamate, and Tetradifon; Tolerance Actions 
(EPA-HQ-OPP-2005-0322; FRL-8065-1) Received April 24, 2006, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    7520--May 16, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Administration's final rule--Pantoea 
Agglomerans Strain C9-1; Exemption from the Requirement of a 
Tolerance (EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0267; FRL-7772-6) Received April 24, 
2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    7622--May 24, 2006; Letter from the Regulatory Officer, 
Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Safe and Disposal of National Forest 
System Timber; Timber Sale Contracts; Indices to Determine 
Market-Related Contract Term Additions (RIN: 0596-AC29). 
Received April 21, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    7623--May 24, 2006; Letter from the Regulatory Officer, 
Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Sale and Disposal of National Forest 
System Timber; Free Use to Individuals; Delegation of Authority 
(RIN: 0596-AC09). Received April 21, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    7969--June 12, 2006; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Requirements for Requests To Amend 
Import Regulations (Docket No. 02-132-2) (RIN: 0579-AB63). 
Received June 2, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    7970--June 12, 2006; Letter from the Director, Regulations 
Policy and Management Staff, Food and Drug Administration, 
transmitting the Administration's final rule--Food Labeling: 
Health Claims; Soluble Dietary Fiber From Certain Foods and 
Coronary Heart Disease (Docket No. 2004P-0512) Received June 2, 
2006', pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8013--June 12, 2006; Letter from the Fiscal Assistant 
Secretary, Department of the Treasury, transmitting the 
Department's March 2006 ``Treasury Bulletin'', pursuant to 26 
U.S.C. 9602(a).
    8040--June 14, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Azoxystrobin Pesticide 
Tolerance (EPA-HQ-OPP-2005-0540; FRL-8063-2) Received April 28, 
2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8041--June 14, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Boscalid Pesticide 
Tolerance (EPA-HQ-OPP-2003-0246; FRL-8064-4) Received April 28, 
2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8042--June 14, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Dimethenamid-p Pesticide 
Tolerances for Emergency Exemptions (EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0216 FRL-
7770-8) Received April 28, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    8043--June 14, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Flumioxazin Pesticide 
Tolerance (EPA-HQ-OPP-2004-0398; FRL-8057-5) Received April 28, 
2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8044--June 14, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Fomesafen Pesticide 
Tolerance (EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0073; FRL-8062-6) Received April 28, 
2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8045--June 14, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Glufosinate Ammonium; 
Pesticide Tolerance (EPA-HQ-OPP-2005-0301; FRL-8060-3) Received 
April 28, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8046--June 14, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Potassium Silicate; 
Exemption from the Requirement of a Tolerance (EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-
0299; FRL-8069-6) Received June 6, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    8047--June 14, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Methoxyfenozide Pesticide 
Tolerance (EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0404; FRL-8069-5) Received June 6, 
2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8048--June 14, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Pendimethalin Pesticide 
Tolerance (EPA-HQ-OPP-2005-0056; FRL-8070-2) Received June 6, 
2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8049--June 14, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Fenarimol Pesticide 
Tolerance (EPA-HQ-OPP-2005-0297; FRL-8061-4) Received June 6, 
2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8088--June 15, 2006; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Importation of Small Lots of Seed 
Without Phytosanitary Certificates (Docket No. 02-119-2! 02-
119-2) (RIN: 0579-AB78). Received April 21, 2006, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8089--June 15, 2006; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Standards for Privately Owned 
Quarantine Facilities for Ruminants (Docket No. 00-022-2) 
Received June 2, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8090--June 15, 2006; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Importation of Baby Corn and Baby 
Carrots From Zambia (Docket No. 05-059-2) Received June 2, 
2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8091--June 15, 2006; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Emerald Ash Borer Quarantined Areas; 
Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio (Docket No. APHIS-2006-0046! APHIS-
2006-0046) Received June 2, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A). .in 0
    8092--June 15, 2006; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Tuberculosis in Captive Cervids; 
Extend Interval for Conducting Reaccreditation Test (Docket No. 
04-094-2) Received May 1, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    8093--June 15, 2006; Letter from the Administrator, AMS, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Apricots Grown in Designated Counties in Washington; 
Temporary Suspension of Container Regulations (Docket No. FV06-
922-1 IFR) April 21, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8094--June 15, 2006; Letter from the Administrator, AMS, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Sweet Cherries Grown in Designated Counties in 
Washington; Removal of Container Regulations (Docket No. FV06-
923-1 IFR) Received May 1, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    8095--June 15, 2006; Letter from the Administrator, AMS, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Nectarines and Peaches Grown in California Revision of 
Handling Requirements for Fresh Nectarines and Peaches (Docket 
No. FV06-916
    917-1 IFR) Received May 1, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    8096--June 15, 2006; Letter from the Administrator, AMS, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Eligibility Requirements for USDA Graded Shell Eggs 
(Docket No. PY-98-006) (RIN: 0581-AC50). Received May 1, 2006, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8097--June 15, 2006; Letter from the Administrator, AMS, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Oranges, Grapefruit, Tangerines, and Tangelos Grown in 
Florida; Modifying Procedures and Establishing Regulations to 
Limit Shipments of Small Sizes of Red Seedless Grapefruit 
(Docket No. FV05-905-2 FIR) Received April 21, 2006, pursuant 
to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8098--June 15, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Terbacil Pesticide 
Tolerance (EPA-HQ-OPP-2005-0215; FRL-8057-9) Received May 24, 
2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8099--June 15, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Pesticides Minimal Risk 
Tolerance Exemptions (EPA-HQ-OPP-2005-0487; FRL-8062-3) 
Received May 24, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8110--June 16, 2006; Letter from the Administrator, 
Agriculture Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Milk in the Northeast 
and Other Marketing Areas; Order Amending Orders (Docket No. 
AO-14-A75, et al.; DA-06-06) Received May 16, 2006, pursuant to 
5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8111--June 16, 2006; Letter from the Administrator, 
Agriculture Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Fresh Prunes Grown in 
Designated Counties in Washington and in Umatilla County, OR; 
Suspension of Handling Regulations, Establishment of Reporting 
Requirements, and Suspension of the Fresh Prune Import 
Regulation (Docket No. FV06-924-1 IFR! IFR) Received May 16, 
2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8112--June 16, 2006; Letter from the Administrator, 
Agriculture Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Amendment to the Hass 
Avocado Promotion, Research, and Information Order; Adjust 
Representation on the Hass Avocado Board (Doc. No. FV-06-701-
IFR) Received May 16, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8113--June 16, 2006; Letter from the Administrator, 
Agriculture Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Tart Cherries Grown 
in the States of Michigan, et al.; Change in Certain Provisions
    Procedures Under the Handling Regulations for Tart Cherries 
(Docket No. FV06-930-1 IFR) Received April 21, 2006, pursuant 
to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8114--June 16, 2006; Letter from the Administrator, 
Agriculture Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Marketing Order 
Regulating the Handling of Spearmint Oil Produced in the Far 
West; Salable Quantities and Allotment Percentages for the 
2006-2007 Marketing Year (Docket No. FV06-985-1 FR) Received 
April 21, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8115--June 16, 2006; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Add Kazakhstan, Romania, Russia, 
Turkey, and Ukraine To List of Regions In Which Highly 
Pathogenic Avian Influenza Subtype H5N1 is Considered in Exist 
(Docket No. APHIS-2006-0010) Received May 18, 2006, pursuant to 
5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8116--June 16, 2006; Letter from the Director, Program 
Accountability Division, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Food Stamp Program 
Civil Rights Data Collection (RIN: 0584-AC75). Received May 24, 
2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8117--June 16, 2006; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Review Group, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--2005 section 32 Hurricane Disaster 
Programs (RIN: 0560-AH45). Received May 15, 2006, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8118--June 16, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Zoxamide Pesticide 
Tolerance (EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0088; FRL-8060-5) Received May 31, 
2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8134--June 16, 2006; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Review Group, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Grains and Similarly Handled 
Commodities-Marketing Assistance Loans and Loan Deficiency 
Payments for the 2006 Through 2007 Crop Years; Cotton (RIN: 
0560-AH38). Received May 23, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    8137--June 19, 2006; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Gypsy Moth Generally Infested Areas; 
Ohio, West Virginia, and Wisconsin (Docket No. APHIS-2006-0029) 
Received June 16, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8138--June 19, 2006; Letter from the Chief, Regulatory 
Review Group, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Transfer of Sugar Program Marketing 
Allocations (RIN: 0560-AH37). Received April 21, 2006, pursuant 
to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8139--June 19, 2006; Letter from the Director, Regulations 
Policy and Management Staff, Food and Drug Administration, 
transmitting the Administration's final rule--Listing of Color 
Additives Exempt From Certification; Mica-Based Pearlescent 
Pigments (Docket No. 1998C-0790) (formerly 98C-0790), pursuant 
to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8140--June 19, 2006; Letter from the Director, Regulations 
Policy and Management Staff, Food and Drug Administration, 
transmitting the Administration's final rule--Food Labeling: 
Health Claims; Dietary Noncariogenic Carbohydrate Sweeteners 
and Dental Caries (Docket No. 2004P-0294) Received April 24, 
2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8251--June 22, 2006; Letter from the Regulatory Officer, 
Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Recreation Fees (RIN: 0596-AC35). 
Received April 21, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8253--June 26, 2006; Letter from the Secretary, Department 
of Agriculture, transmitting a draft bill entitled, ``Commodity 
Credit Corporation (CCC) Budget proposals''.
    8292--June 27, 2006; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--States Approved to Receive Stallions 
and Mares From CEM-Affected Regions; Indiana (Docket No. APHIS-
2006-0020) Received May 1, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    8293--June 27, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Bacillus myocides isolate 
J; Temporary Exemption from the Requirement of a Tolerance 
(EPA-HQ-OPP-2005-0303; FRL-8072-3) Received June 9, 2006, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8333--June 29, 2006; Letter from the Senior Program 
Specialist, Food and Nutrition Service, Department of 
Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final rule--Food 
Stamp Program; Employment and Training Program Provisions of 
the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (RIN: 0584-
AD32). Received June 16, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    8334--June 29, 2006; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Review Group, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Appeal Procedures (RIN: 0560-AG88). 
Received June 9, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8335--June 29, 2006; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Review Group, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--2005 section 32 Hurricane Disaster 
Programs (RIN: 0560-AH45). Received June 16, 2006, pursuant to 
5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8336--June 29, 2006; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Review Group, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Grains and Similarly Handled 
Commodities-Marketing Assistance Loans and Loan Deficiency 
Payments for the 2006 Through 2007 Crop Years; Cotton (RIN: 
0560-AH38). Received June 13, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    8337--June 29, 2006; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Review Group, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Emergency Conservation Program (RIN: 
0560-AH43). Received June 13, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    8338--June 29, 2006; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Review Group, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Conservation Reserve Program--
Emergency Forestry Conservation Reserve Program (RIN: 0560-
AH44). Received June 13, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    8339--June 29, 2006; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Pine Shoot Beetle Additions to 
Quarantined Areas; Wisconsin (Docket No. APHIS-2006-0039) 
Received June 2, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8340--June 29, 2006; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--States Approved to Receive Stallions 
and Mares from CEM-Affected Regions; Indiana (Docket No. APHIS-
2006-0020) Received June 20, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    8341--June 29, 2006; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Importation of Fruits and Vegetables; 
Untreated Citrus from Mexico (Docket No. 03-048-3) Received 
June 8, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8342--June 29, 2006; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Citrus Canker Compensation for 
Certified Citrus Nursery Stock (Docket No. APHIS-2006-0033) 
(RIN: 0579-AC05). Received June 8, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    8343--June 29, 2006; Letter from the Administrator, AMS, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--National Organic Program--Revisions to Livestock 
Standards Based on Court Order (Harvey v. Johanns) and 2005 
Amendment to the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 (OFPA) 
(Docket Number: TM-06-06-FR) (RIN: 0581-AC60). Received June 7, 
2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8344--June 29, 2006; Letter from the Administrator, AMS, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Melons Grown in South Texas; Termination of Marketing 
Order 979 (Docket No. FV06-979-1 FR) Received June 16, 2006, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8345--June 29, 2006; Letter from the Administrator, AMS, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Watermelon Research and Promotion Plan Redistricting 
(Doc. No. FV-05-704-IFR) Received June 16, 2006, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8346--June 29, 2006; Letter from the Administrator, AMS, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Vidalia Onions Grown in Georgia; Revision of Reporting 
and Assessment Requirements (Docket No. FV06-955-1 IFR) 
Received June 16, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8374--July 10, 2006; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Citrus From Peru (Docket No. 03-113-3) 
Received May 3, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8375--July 10, 2006; Letter from the Administrator, FSIS, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Addition of the People's Republic of China to the List of 
Countries Eligible to Export Processed Poultry Products to the 
United States (Docket No. 05-012F; FDMS No. FSIS-2005-0034) 
(RIN: 0583-AD20). Received June 22, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    8376--July 10, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Myclobutanil Pesticide 
Tolerances for Emergency Exemptions (EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0395 FRL-
8068-2) Received June 22, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    8377--July 10, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Spinosad Pesticide 
Tolerance Technical Correction (EPA-HQ-OPP-2005-0510; FRL-8073-
9! FRL-8073-9) Received June 20, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A). .in 0
    8378--July 10, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Technical Amendments; 
Change of Address for the Office of Pesticide Programs (EPA-HQ-
OPP-2006-0403; FRL-8070-7) Received June 20, 2006, pursuant to 
5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8486--July 12, 2006; Letter from the Secretary, Department 
of Agriculture, transmitting a copy of draft legislation 
entitled, ``To establish a program to be administered by the 
Secretary of Agriculture for the purpose of aiding Federal 
agriculture conservation programs''.
    8487--July 12, 2006; Letter from the Secretary, Department 
of Agriculture, transmitting a copy of a draft bill entitled, 
``Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) Budget proposals''.
    8536--July 13, 2006; Letter from the Executive Director, 
Commodity Futures Trading Commission, transmitting the 
Commission's final rule--In the Matter of the New York 
Mercantile Exchange, Inc. Petition to Extend Interpretation 
Pursuant to section 1a(12)(C) of the Commodity Exchange Act--
Received July 01, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8537--July 13, 2006; Letter from the Executive Director, 
Commodity Futures Trading Commission, transmitting the 
Commission's final rule--Foreign Futures and Options 
Transactions--Received July 10, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    8538--July 13, 2006; Letter from the Executive Director, 
Commodity Futures Trading Commission, transmitting the 
Commission's final rule--Commodity Pool Operator Electronic 
Filing of Annual Reports (RIN: 3038-AC25). Received July 10, 
2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8539--July 13, 2006; Letter from the Administrator, AMS, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Sweet Cherries Grown in Designated Counties in 
Washington; Decreased Assessment Rate (Docket No. FV06-923-2 
IFR) Received June 22, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8540--July 13, 2006; Letter from the Administrator, AMS, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Amendment to the Peanut Promotion, Research, and 
Information Order (Docket No. FV-05-701-FR) Received June 22, 
2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8541--July 13, 2006; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Review Group, Commodity Credit Corporation, Department of 
Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final rule--
Standards for Approval of Warehouses for Storage of CCC 
Commodities (RIN: 0560-AE50). Received July 6, 2006, pursuant 
to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8611--July 18, 2006; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Review Committee, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Revisions of Delegations of Authority 
(RIN: 0560-AH51). Received July 12, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    8612--July 18, 2006; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Add Denmark to the List of Regions 
Free of Exotic Newcastle Disease (Docket No. 02-089-3) Received 
July 6, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8613--July 18, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Bacillus Thuringiensis 
Cry1A.105 Protein and the Genetic Material Necessary for Its 
Production in Corn in or on All Corn Commodities; Temporary 
Exemption From the Requirement of a Tolerance (EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-
0554; FRL-8076-5) Received July 13, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    8614--July 18, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Bacillus Thuringiensis 
Cry2Ab2 Protein and the Genetic Material Necessary for Its 
Production in Corn in or on All Corn Commodities; Temporary 
Exemption From the Requirement of a Tolerance (EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-
0553; FRL-8076-6) Received July 13, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    8758--July 25, 2006; Letter from the Administrator, AMS, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Marketing Order Regulating the Handling of Spearmint Oil 
Produced in the Far West; Revision of the Salable Quantity and 
Allotment Percentage for Class 3 (Native) Spearmint Oil for the 
2006-2007 Marketing Year (Docket No. FV06-985-2 IFR) Received 
July 13, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8775--July 25, 2006; Letter from the Regulatory Officer, 
Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Land Uses; Special Uses; Recovery of 
Costs for Processing Special Use Applications and Monitoring 
Compliance With Special Use Authorizations (RIN: 0596-AB36). 
Received April 21, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8821--July 27, 2006; Letter from the Executive Director, 
Commodity Futures Trading Commission, transmitting the 
Commission's final rule--Recognition of Multilateral Clearing 
Organizations--Received July 19, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    8822--July 27, 2006; Letter from the Executive Director, 
Commodity Futures Trading Commission, transmitting the 
Commission's final rule--Market and Large Trader Reporting 
(RIN: 3038-AC22). Received July 19, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    8823--July 27, 2006; Letter from the Director, Regulatory 
Review Group, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Regulations Regarding Employee 
Conflicts of Interest (RIN: 0560-AH57). Received July 19, 2006, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8824--July 27, 2006; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Gypsy Moth Regulated Articles (Docket 
No. 00-067-2) (RIN: 0579-AB55). Received July 24, 2006, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8825--July 27, 2006; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Asian Longhorned Beetle; Removal of 
Quarantined Area in Illinois (Docket No. APHIS-2006-0105) 
Received July 24, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8826--July 27, 2006; Letter from the Chief, Program 
Analysis and Monitoring Board, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Child Nutrition 
Programs: Uniform Federal Assistance Regulations; 
Nondiscretionary Technical Amendments (RIN: 0584-AD16). 
Received July 24, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8827--July 27, 2006; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Brucellosis in Cattle; State and Area 
Classifications; Idaho (Docket No. APHIS-2006-0001) Received 
July 6, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8828--July 27, 2006; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Imported Fire Ant Addition of Counties 
in Arkansas and Tennessee to the List of Quarantines Areas 
(Docket No. APHIS-2006-0080) Received July 26, 2006, pursuant 
to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8829--July 27, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--2-Propenoic Acid, 2-
Methyl-, Polymer with Butyl 2-Propenoate, Methyl 2-Methyl-2-
Propenoate, Methyl 2-Propenoate and 2-Propenoic Acid, Graft, 
Compound with 2-Amino-2-Methyl-1-Propanol; Tolerance Exemption 
(EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0555 FRL-8077-4) Received July 24, 2006, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8830--July 27, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--2-Propenoic, 2-Methyl-, 
Polymers with Ethyl Acrylate and Polythylene Glycol 
Methlacrylate C 18-22 Alkyl Ethers; Tolerance Exemption (EPA-
HQ-OPP-2006-0550; FRL-8078-3) Received July 24, 2006, pursuant 
to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8831--July 27, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Butene, Homopolymer; 
Tolerance Exemption (EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0552; FRL-8075-8) Received 
July 20, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8978--July 28, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--2-Propenoic Acid, 2-
Methyl-, Polymer with Ethenylbenzene, 2-Ethylhexyl 2-
Propenoate, 2-Hydroxyethyl 2-Propenoate, N-(Hydroxymethyl) -2-
Methyl-2-Propenamide and Methyl 2-Methyl -2-Methyl-2-
Propenoate, Ammonium Salt; Tolerance Exemption (EPA-HQ-OPP-
2006-0556; FRL-8077-5) Received July 27, 2006, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8979--July 28, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--2H-Azepin-2-one, 1-
Ethenylhexahydro-, Homopolymer I; Tolerance Exemption (EPA-HQ-
OPP-2006-0551; FRL-8075-7) Received July 27, 2006, pursuant to 
5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8980--July 28, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Alachlor, Chlorothalonil, 
Methomyl, Metribuzin, Thiodicarb; Order Denying Petition to 
Revoke Tolerances (EPA-HQ-OPP-2005-0050; FRL-8079-8) Received 
July 27, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8981--July 28, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Fenhexamid Pesticide 
Tolerance (EPA-HQ-OPP-2005-0245; FRL-8079-2) Received July 27, 
2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8982--July 28, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Hazardous Waste 
Management System; Modification of the Hazardous Waste Program; 
Cathode Ray Tubes (RCRA-2004-0010; FRL-8203-1) (RIN: 2050-
AE52). Received July 27, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    8983--July 28, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Inert Ingredient 
Revocation of the Wheat Bran Tolerance Exemption (EPA-HQ-OPP-
2006-0232 FRL-8080-1) Received July 27, 2006, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    8984--July 28, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Oxirane, Methyl-, Polymer 
with Oxirane, Monobutyl Ether; Tolerance Exemption (EPA-HQ-OPP-
2006-0588; FRL-8078-4) Received July 27, 2006, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9051--Aug. 2, 2006; Letter from the Administrator, AMS, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Irish Potatoes Grown in Colorado; Suspension of 
Continuing Assessment Rate (Docket No. FV06-948-1 IFR) Received 
July 31, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9052--Aug. 2, 2006; Letter from the Administrator, AMS, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Nectarines and Peaches Grown in California Order Amending 
Marketing Order Nos. 916 and 917 (Docket No. AO-90-A7 FV05-916-
1) Received July 31, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9053--Aug. 2, 2006; Letter from the Administrator, AMS, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Updating Administrative Requirements for Voluntary Shell 
Egg, Poultry, and Rabbit Grading (Docket No. PY-02-003) (RIN: 
0581-AC25). Received July 31, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    9054--Aug. 2, 2006; Letter from the Administrator, AMS, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Amendment to Egg Research and Promotion Rules and 
Regulations (Docket No. PY-06-001) Received July 31, 2006, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9055--Aug. 2, 2006; Letter from the Congressional Review 
Coordinator, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Citrus Canker Quarantine of the State 
of Florida (Docket No. APHIS-2006-0114) (RIN: 0579-AC07). 
Received August 2, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9085--September 6, 2006; Letter from the Director, Office 
of Energy Policy and New Uses, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Office of Energy 
Policy and New Uses; Designation of Biobased Items for Federal 
Procurement (RIN: 0503-AA26). Received August 24, 2006, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9086--September 6, 2006; Letter from the Chairman and CEO, 
Farm Credit Administration, transmitting the Administration's 
final rule--Organization; Termination of System Institution 
Status (RIN: 3052-AC29). Received August 14, 2006, pursuant to 
5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9190--September 7, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Bifenazate Pesticide 
Tolerance (EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0327; FRL-8090-1) Received August 
25, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9191--September 7, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Ethofumesate Pesticide 
Tolerance (EPA-HQ-OPP-2005-0537; FRL-8086-2) Received August 
25, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9192--September 7, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--S-metolachlor Pesticide 
Tolerance (EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0292; FRL-8090-2) Received August 
25, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9193--September 7, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Azoxystrobin Pesticide 
Tolerance (EPA-HQ-OPP-2005-0540; FRL-8086-9) Received August 
15, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9194--September 7, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Dimethenamid Pesticide 
Tolerance (EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0165; FRL-8079-3) Received August 
15, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9195--September 7, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Triflumizole Pesticide 
Tolerances for Emergency Exemptions (EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0461 FRL-
8078-1) Received August 15, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    9196--September 7, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Bifenthrin Pesticide 
Tolerance (EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0366; FRL-8081-7) Received August 9, 
2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9197--September 7, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Copper Sulfate 
Pentahydrate; Tolerance Exemption in or on Various Food and 
Feed Commodities (EPA-HQ-OPP-2005-0314; FRL-8085-3) Received 
August 15, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9198--September 7, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Imidacloprid Pesticide 
Tolerances (EPA-HQ-OPP-2005-0542; FRL-8081-8) Received August 
9, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9199--September 7, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Lepidopteran Pheromones; 
Exemption from the Requirement of a Tolerance (EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-
0529; FRL-8083-8) Received August 9, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    9200--September 7, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Pesticide Management and 
Disposal; Standards for Pesticide Containers and Containment 
(EPA-HQ-OPP-2005-0327; FRL-8076-2) (RIN: 2070-AB95). Received 
August 9, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9201--September 7, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Pesticides Procedural 
Regulations for Registration Review (EPA-HQ-OPP-2004-0404 FRL-
8080-4) (RIN: 2070-AD29). Received August 9, 2006, pursuant to 
5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9202--September 7, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Sanitizers with No Food-
Contact Uses in Registered Pesticide Products; Revocation of 
Tolerance Exemptions (EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0495; FRL-8086-1) 
Received August 9, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9203--September 7, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Inorganic Bromide; 
Tolerance Actions (EPA-HQ-OPP-2005-0123; FRL-8077-6) Received 
August 9, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9241--September 8, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--2, 6-
Diisopropylnaphthalene; Time-Limited Pesticide Tolerances (EPA-
HQ-OPP-2006-0373; FRL-8081-9) Received September 5, 2006, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9242--September 8, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Benthiavalicarb-
Isopropyl; Pesticide Tolerance (EPA-HQ-OPP-2005-0035 FRL-8084-
6) Received September 5, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    9243--September 8, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Paraquat Dichloride; 
Pesticide Tolerance (EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0664; FRL-8089-3) Received 
September 5, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9244--September 8, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Propoxycarbazone 
Pesticide Tolerance (EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0504; FRL-8091-4) Received 
September 5, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9245--September 8, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Inert Ingredient 
Revocation of the Tetrahydrofurfuryl Alcohol (THFA) Tolerance 
Exemption (EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0251; FRL-8082-2) Received August 3, 
2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9246--September 8, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Inert Ingredients; 
Revocation of Tolerance Exemptions with Insufficient Data for 
Reassessment (EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0230; FRL-8084-1) Received August 
3, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9247--September 8, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Inert Ingredient 
Revocation of the Tolerance Exemption for Mono-and Bis-(1H, 2H, 
2H-perfluoralkyl) Phosphates Where the Alkyl Group is Even 
Numbered and in the C6-C12 Range (EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0253; FRL-
8082-3) Received August 3, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    9248--September 8, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Isophorone Exemption from 
the Requirement of a Tolerance (EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0582 FRL-8082-
1) Received August 3, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9321--September 13, 2006; Letter from the Executive 
Director, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, transmitting 
the Commission's final rule--Joint Final Rules: Application of 
the Definition of Narrow-Based Security Index to Debt 
Securities Indexes and Security Futures on Debt Securities 
(Release No. 34-54106; File No. S7-07-06) (RIN: 3235-AJ54). 
Received August 9, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9322--September 13, 2006; Letter from the Executive 
Director, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, transmitting 
the Commission's final rule--Foreign Futures and Options 
Transactions--Received August 14, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    9323--September 13, 2006; Letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Review Group, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Cooperative Marketing 
Associations (RIN: 0560-AH42). Received August 15, 2006, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9324--September 13, 2006; Letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Review Group, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Guaranteed Loans--
Retaining PLP Status and Payment of Interest Accrued During 
Bankruptcy and Redemption Rights Periods (RIN: 0560-AH07). 
Received August 14, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9325--September 13, 2006; Letter from the Administrator, 
Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Blueberry Promotion, 
Research, and Information Order; Amendment No. 2 To Change the 
Name of the U.S.A. Cultivated Blueberry Council and Increase 
Membership (Doc. No. FV-03-701-FR) Received August 29, 2006, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9326--September 13, 2006; Letter from the Administrator, 
Cotton Programs, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--User Fees for 2006 Crop Cotton 
Classification Services to Growers (CN-06-001) (RIN: 0581-
AC58). Received August 29, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    9327--September 13, 2006; Letter from the Administrator, 
Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Amendment to the Beet 
Promotion and Research Rules and Regulations--Final Rule (No. 
LS-01-06) Received August 29, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    9328--September 13, 2006; Letter from the Administrator, 
Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Apricots Grown in 
Designated Counties in Washington; Temporary Relaxation of the 
Minimum Grade Requirement (Docket No. FV06-922-2 IFR) Received 
August 29, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9329--September 13, 2006; Letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Importation of 
Tomatoes From Certain Central American Countries (Docket No. 
APHIS-2006-0009) Received August 29, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    9330--September 13, 2006; Letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Untreated Oranges, 
Tangerines, and Grapefruit From Mexico Transiting the United 
States to Foreign Countries (Docket No. 00-086-2) Received 
August 31, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9331--September 13, 2006; Letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Agricultural 
Inspection and AQI User Fees Along the U.S.
    Canada Border (Docket No. APHIS 2006-0096) (RIN: 0579-
AC06). Received August 31, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    9332--September 13, 2006; Letter from the Director, 
Regulations Policy and Mgmt. Staff, Department of Health and 
Human Services, transmitting the Department's final rule--
Listing of Color Additives Exempt From Certification; Mica-
Based Pearlescent Pigments (Docket No. 1998C) Received August 
4, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9333--September 13, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Fenpuroximate Pesticide 
Tolerance (EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0216; FRL-8087-6) Received August 
24, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9334--September 13, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Kresoxim-methyl Pesticide 
Tolerance (EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0333; FRL-8088-1) Received August 
24, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9335--September 13, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Phosphorous Acid 
Exemption from the Requirement of a Tolerance (EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-
0561 FRL-8084-3) Received August 24, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    9336--September 13, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Quinoxyfen Pesticide 
Tolerance (EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0167; FRL-8088-8) Received August 
24, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9428--September 15, 2006; Letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Asian Longhorned Beetle; Addition and 
Removal of Quarantined Areas in New Jersey (Docket No. 05-066-
2) Received September 8, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    9566--September 25, 2006; Letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--User Fees for 
Agricultural Quarantine and Inspection Services (Docket No. 04-
042-2) (RIN:0579-AB88). Received September 15, 2006, pursuant 
to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9567--September 25, 2006; Letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Interstate Movement 
of Garbage From Hawaii; Municipal Solid Waste (Docket No. 05-
002-4) (RIN: 0579-AC12). Received September 15, 2006, pursuant 
to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9634--September 27, 2006; Letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Importation of Table 
Grapes From Namibia (Docket No. APHIS-2006-0025) Received 
September 21, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9635--September 27, 2006; Letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Brucellosis in 
Cattle; State and Area Classifications; Wyoming (Docket No. 
APHIS-2006-0138) Received September 18, 2006, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9636--September 27, 2006; Letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Review Group, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Storage, Handling, 
and Ginning Requirements for Cotton Marketing Assistance Loan 
Collateral (RIN: 0560-AH48). Received September 20, 2006, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9637--September 27, 2006; Letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Review Group, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Noninsured Crop 
Disaster Assistance Program--Tropical Regions (RIN: 0560-AH19). 
Received September 20, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9638--September 27, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Endothall Pesticide 
Tolerance (EPA-HQ-OPP-0018; FRL-8080-7) Received August 14, 
2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9639--September 27, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Trifloxystrobin Pesticide 
Tolerance (EPA-HQ-OPP-2005-0299; FRL-8093-8) Received September 
21, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9640--September 27, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Propiconazole Pesticide 
Tolerance (EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0347; FRL-8092-1) Received September 
21, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9641--September 27, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Fenbuconazole Pesticide 
Tolerances (EPA-HQ-OPP-2005-0053; FRL-8093-9) Received 
September 21, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9642--September 27, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Fenamindone Pesticide 
Tolerance for Emergency Exemption (EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0773 FRL-
8093-3) Received September 21, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    9643--September 27, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Ethaboxam Pesticide 
Tolerance (EPA-HQ-OPP-2005-0058; FRL-8091-5) Received September 
21, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9644--September 27, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Buprofezin Pesticide 
Tolerance (EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0170; FRL-8092-2) Received September 
21, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9645--September 27, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Endosulfan, Fenarimol, 
Imazalil, Oryzalin, Sodium Acifluorfen, Trifluralin, and Ziram 
Tolerance Actions (EPA-HQ-OPP-2005-0459; FRL-8077-9) Received 
September 12, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9646--September 27, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Difenoconazole Pesticide 
Tolerance (EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0024; FRL-8085-1) Received September 
12, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9647--September 27, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Eucalyptus Oil Exemption 
from the Requirement of a Tolerance (EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0695 FRL-
8089-7) Received September 6, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    9648--September 27, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Epoxiconazole Pesticide 
Tolerance (EPA-HQ-OPP-2005-0071; FRL-8080-9) Received September 
6, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9649--September 27, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Pantoea Agglomerans 
Strain E325; Exemption from the Requirement of a Tolerance 
(EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0617; FRL-8091-6) Received September 15, 2006, 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9650--September 27, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Metrafenone Pesticide 
Tolerance (EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0324; FRL-8093-7) Received September 
15, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9651--September 27, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Etofenprox Pesticide 
Tolerances for Emergency Exemptions (EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0613 FRL-
8089-2) Received September 15, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    9652--September 27, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Dithianon Pesticide 
Tolerance (EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0623; FRL-8090-5) Received September 
15, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9674--September 28, 2006; Letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Pine Shoot Beetle 
Additions to Quarantined Areas; Wisconsin (Docket No. APHIS-
2006-0039) Received September 27, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    9675--September 28, 2006; Letter from the Director, 
Regulations Policy and Mgmt. Staff, Department of Health and 
Human Services, transmitting the Department's final rule--Food 
Additives Permitted for Direct Addition to Food for Human 
Consumption Bacteriophage Preparation (Docket No. 2002F-0316 
(formerly 02F-0316)) Received September 6, 2006, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9714--September 28, 2006; Letter from the Secretaries, 
Department of Energy, Department of Agriculture, transmitting a 
jointly submitted copy of the Annual Report to Congress on the 
Biomass Research and Development Initiative for fiscal year 
2005, pursuant to 7 U.S.C. 7624 Public Law 106-224, section 
309(a).
    9716--September 29, 2006; Letter from the Regulatory 
Analyst, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--United States Standards for Soybeans 
(RIN: 0580-AA90). Received September 18, 2006, pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9717--September 29, 2006; Letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Low Pathogenic Avian 
Influenza; Voluntary Control Program and Payment of Indemnity 
(Docket No. APHIS-2005-0109) (RIN: 0579-AB99). Received 
September 27, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9718--September 29, 2006; Letter from the COngressional 
Review Coordinator, APHIS, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Pine Shoot Beetle 
Host Material From Canada (Docket No. 00-073-3) (RIN: 0579-
AB79). Received September 29, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    9719--September 29, 2006; Letter from the Director, 
Regulations Policy and Mgmt. Staff, Department of Health and 
Human Services, transmitting the Department's final rule--
Listing of Color Additives Exempt From Certification; Mica-
Based Pearlescent Pigments; Confirmation of Effective Date 
(Docket No. 1998C-0790) Received September 29, 2006, pursuant 
to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9720--September 29, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Bentazon, Carboxin, 
Dipropyl Isocinchomeronate, Oil of Lemongrass (Oil of Lemon) 
and Oil of Orange, Tolerance Actions (EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0056; 
FRL-8093-5) Received September 26, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).
    9721--September 29, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Flufenoxuron Pesticide 
Tolerance (EPA-HQ-OPP-2005-0543; FRL-8092-3) Received September 
26, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9722--September 29, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Metconazole Pesticide 
Tolerance (EPA-HQ-OPP-2005-0016; FRL-8085-2) Received September 
26, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9723--September 29, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--p-Chlorophenoxyacetic 
acid, Glyphosate, Difenzoquat, and Hexazinone Tolerance Actions 
(EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-2006-0036; FRL-8089-6) Received September 26, 
2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9724--September 29, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Pendimethalin Pesticide 
Tolerance (EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0645; FRL-8092-6) Received September 
26, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9725--September 29, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Quizalofop ethyl 
Pesticide Tolerance (EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0204; FRL-8094-5) Received 
September 26, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9726--September 29, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Flumetsulam Pesticide 
Tolerance (EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0670; FRL-8092-7) Received September 
29, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9727--September 29, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Soybean Oil Ethoxylated; 
Tolerance Exemption (EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0480; FRL-8092-4). 
Received September 29, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9728--September 29, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Acetic Acid Ethenyl 
Ester, Polymer with 1-Ethenyl-2-Pyrrolidinone; Tolerance 
Exemption (EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0368; FRL-8092-5. Received September 
29, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9840--September 29, 2006; Letter from the Secretaries, 
Department of Interior and the Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting a copy of draft legislation entitled, ``the 
Healthy Forests Partnership Act''.
    9980--November 14, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Bacillus Thuringiensis 
Modified Cry3A Protein and the Genetic Material Necessary for 
Its Production in Corn; Exemption from the Requirement of a 
Tolerance EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0784; FRL-8096-4! Received October 
27, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A).
    9981--November 14, 2006; Letter from the Principal Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Flumioxazin Pesticide 
Tolerances for Emergency Exemptions EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0792 FRL-
8098-5! Received October 18, 2006, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
801(a)(1)(A).

       B. PRESIDENTIAL PROCLAMATIONS AND OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST.

    Budget of the United States Government. Fiscal year 2006. 
Submitted, February, 2005.
    Presidential Proclamation. National Park Week, 2005. 
Proclamation No. 7887. Submitted April 15, 2005.
    Remarks congratulating Pope Benedict XVI. Submitted April 
19, 2005.
    Remarks on signing the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and 
Consumer Protection Act of 2005. Submitted April 20, 2005.
    Statement on House of Representatives action on energy 
legislation. Submitted April 21, 2005.
    Remarks on Earth Day in Knoxville, Tennessee. Submitted 
April 22, 2005.
    Remarks at a Tree Planting Ceremony in Honor of Arbor Day. 
Submitted April 29, 2005.
    Presidential Proclamation. World Trade Week, 2005. 
Proclamation No. 7900. Submitted May 12, 2005.
    Message to the Congress transmitting the ``2005 
Comprehensive Report on U.S. Trade and Investment Policy toward 
Sub-Saharan Africa and Implementation of the African Growth and 
Opportunity Act.'' Submitted May 19, 2005.
    Remarks to the 16th Annual Energy Efficiency Forum. 
Submitted June 15, 2005.
    Remarks on the Dominican Republic-Central America-U.S. Free 
Trade Agreement. Submitted June 23, 2005.
    Message to Congress transmitting legislation and supporting 
documents to implement the Dominican Republic-Central America-
U.S. Free Trade Agreement. Submitted June 23, 2005.
    Statement on Senate Action on the proposed ``Energy Policy 
Act of 2005.'' Submitted June 28, 2005.
    Presidential Proclamation. To modify duty-free treatment 
under the generalized systems of preferences and certain rules 
of origin under the North American Free Trade Agreement, and 
for other purposes. Proclamation No. 7912. Submitted June 29, 
2005.
    Statement on Senate action on the Dominican Republic-
Central America-U.S. Free Trade Agreement. Submitted June 30, 
2005.
    Remarks on the Dominican Republic-Central America-U.S.Free 
Trade Agreement. Submitted July 21, 2005.
    Statement on House of Representatives passage of the 
Central
    American-Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement. Submitted 
July 28, 2005.
    Statement on congressional action on the ``Energy Policy 
Act of 2005.'' Submitted July 29, 2005.I21Remarks on signing 
the Dominican Republic-Central America-U.S. Free Trade 
Agreement. Submitted August 2, 2005.
     Statement on signing the Department of the Interior, 
Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2006. 
Submitted August 2, 2005.
    Remarks on signing the Energy Policy Act of 2005 in 
Albuquerque, NM. Submitted August 8, 2005.
    Statement on signing the Energy Policy Act of 2005. 
Submitted August 8, 2005.
    Remarks at the Department of Energy and an Exchange with 
Reporters. Submitted September 26, 2005.
    Memorandum on Energy Fuel Conservation by Federal Agencies. 
Submitted September 26, 2005.
    Presidential Proclamation. National Forest Products Week, 
2005.
    Proclamation No. 7948. Submitted October 14, 2005.
    Notice of intention to enter into a Free Trade Agreement 
with Oman. Submitted October 17, 2005.
    Statement on the Agriculture Appropriations bill. Submitted 
November 10, 12005.
    Statement on Signing the Agriculture, Rural Development, 
Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies 
Appropriations Act, 2006.Submitted November 10, 2005.
    Memorandum on determinations under section 1106(a) of the 
Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988--Kingdom of Saudi 
Arabia. Submitted November 10, 2005.
    Statement on the Doha Development Agenda. Submitted 
November 14, 2005.
    Presidential Proclamation. National Farm City Week, 2005. 
Proclamation No. 7961. Submitted November 15, 2005.
    Transmitting proposed legislation to implement the United 
States-Bahrain Free Trade Agreement. Submitted November 16, 
2005.
    Presidential Proclamation. To implement the United States-
Morocco Free Trade Agreement. Proclamation 7971. Submitted 
December 22, 2005.
    Letter to congressional leaders transmitting a Notice of 
Intention to enter into a Free Trade Agreement with the 
Republic of Peru. Submitted January 6, 2006.
    Statement on Negotiation of a Free Trade Agreement with 
South Korea. Submitted February 2, 2006.
    Budget of the U.S. Government. Fiscal year 2007. Submitted 
February 6, 2006.
    Presidential Proclamation. To Modify Duty Free Treatment 
Under the Generalized System of Preferences. Proclamation No. 
7981. Submitted February 22, 2006.
    Presidential Proclamation. To Implement the Dominican 
Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement. 
Proclamation No. 7987. Submitted February 28, 2006.
    Presidential Proclamation. To Implement Certain Provisions 
of the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free 
Trade Agreement. Proclamation No. 7991. Submitted March 24, 
2006.
    Presidential Proclamation. To Implement the Dominican 
Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement 
with Respect to Honduras and Nicaragua. Proclamation No. 7996. 
Submitted March 31, 2006.
    Remarks to the Renewable Fuels Association. Submitted April 
25, 2006.
    Statement on Framework Agreement with Canada on Softwood 
Lumber Trade. Submitted April 27, 2006.
    Notice--Continuation of the National Emergency Blocking 
Property of Certain Persons and Prohibiting the Export of 
Certain Goods to Syria. Submitted May 8, 2006.
    Message to the Congress transmitting legislation to 
implement the United States-Oman Free Trade Agreement. 
Submitted June 26, 2006.
    Presidential Proclamation. To Implement the Dominican 
Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement 
with respect to Guatemala, and for other purposes. Proclamation 
No. 8034. Submitted June 30, 2006.
    Presidential Proclamation. To Implement the United States-
Bahrain Free Trade Agreement, and for other purposes. 
Proclamation No. 8039. Submitted July 27, 2006.
    Notice of intention to enter into a Free Trade Agreement 
with Colombia. Submitted August 24, 2006.
    Letter to congressional leaders transmitting a notice of 
intention to enter into a Free Trade Agreement with Colombia. 
Submitted August 24, 2006.
    Message on the 90th Anniversary of the National Park 
Service. Submitted August 24, 2006.
    Memorandum on the Future of America's National Parks. 
Submitted August 24, 2006.
    Memorandum on continuation of the exercise of certain 
authorities under the Trading with the Enemy Act. Submitted 
September 13, 2006.
    Presidential Proclamation. National Farm Safety and Health 
Week, 2006.Proclamation No. 8052. Submitted September 15, 2006.
    Memorandum on promoting sustainable fisheries and ending 
destructive fishing practices. Submitted October 2, 2006.
    Remarks at the National Renewable Energy Conference in St. 
Louis, Missouri. Submitted October 12, 2006.
    Statement on Signing the Rio Grande National Area Act. 
Submitted October 12, 2006.
    Presidential Proclamation. To modify rules of origin under 
the North American Freed Trade Agreement. Proclamation No. 
8067. Submitted October 11, 2006.
    Presidential Proclamation. National Energy Awareness Month, 
2006. Proclamation No. 8068. Submitted October 12, 2006.
    Presidential Proclamation. National Forest Products Week, 
2006. Proclamation No. 8071. Submitted October 13, 2006.

                          C. STATUTORY REPORTS

    Charter: Establishment of the Advisory Committee on 
Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture, pursuant to the 
Federal Advisory Committee Act. Submitted by USDA, January 5, 
2005.
    Charter: Renewal of the Advisory Committee on Forest County 
Payments, pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act. 
Submitted by USDA, January 5, 2005.
    USDA: Review of the Operation of Agricultural and Natural 
Resource Programs on Tribal Trust Land, required by section 
10910 of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002. 
Submitted by USDA, January 7, 2005.
    USDA: 2002 Annual Report on Program Compliance and 
Integrity of the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation, required 
by section 515(i) of the Federal Crop Insurance Act. Submitted 
by USDA, January 13, 2005.
    GAO: Report on major rule promulgated by the USDA's Animal 
and Plant Health Inspection Service entitled, ``Bovine 
Spongiform Encephalopathy; Minimal-Risk Regions and Importation 
of Commodities,'' pursuant to section 801(a)(2)(A) of title 5, 
USC. Submitted by GAO, January 18, 2005.
    EPA: Draft copy of proposed rule, required by section 
25(a)(3) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide 
Act. Submitted by EPA, January 27, 2005.
    USDC: Quarterly Report to the Congress on Activities 
undertaken by the Department of Commerce, pursuant to section 
906(a)(1) of the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement 
Act of 2000. Submitted by the United States Department of 
Commerce, February 7, 2005.
    USDA: Proposed land purchase in Daniel Boone National 
Forest, Kentucky, required by section 17(b) of the National 
Forest Management Act of 1976, P.L. 94-588, as amended. 
Submitted by USDA, February 11, 2005.
    USDA: Statistical Summaries of the End User Identification 
Program for Imported Flue-Cured and Burley Tobacco, required by 
section 1166 of the Food Security Act of 1985. Submitted by 
USDA, February 17, 2005.
    USDA: Proposed land purchase in White Mountain National 
Forest, New Hampshire, required by section 17(b) of the 
National Forest Management Act of 1976, P.L. 94-588, as 
amended. Submitted by USDA, February 17, 2005.
    Charter: Renewal of the National Wildlife Services Advisory 
Committee, pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act. 
Submitted by USDA, February 18, 2005.
    Charter: Establishment of the National Advisory Council on 
Maternal, Infant, and Fetal Nutrition, pursuant to the Federal 
Advisory Committee Act. Submitted by USDA, February 18, 2005.
    Charter: Establishment of the Black Hills National Forest 
Advisory Board, pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act. 
Submitted by USDA, February 18, 2005.
    GAO: Mad Cow Disease, pursuant to request. Submitted by 
GAO, February 25, 2005.
    USDA: Report to Congress on fiscal year 2004 Competitive 
Sourcing Efforts, pursuant to the Consolidated Appropriations 
Act, 2005. Submitted by USDA, March 7, 2005.
    USDA: Report to Congress on fiscal year 2004 Competitive 
Sourcing Efforts, (enclosure 1) Civil Rights Impact Analysis, 
(enclosure 2) Federal Activities Inventory Reform Act Report, 
(enclosure 3) Determining the Feasibility of Conducting 
Competitive Sourcing Competitions, and (enclosure 4) USDA 
fiscal year 2005 Budget for Competitive Sourcing, pursuant to 
the Consolidated Appropriations Act. Submitted by USDA, March 
7, 2005.
    GAO: Report on major rule promulgated by the Department of 
Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC), entitled, 
``Tobacco Transition Assessments,'' pursuant to section 
801(a)(2)(A) of title 5, USC. Submitted by GAO, March 8, 
2005.FCA: Final rule adopted by the Farm Credit Administration 
Board, pursuant to the provisions of the Farm Credit Act of 
1971. Submitted by FCA, March 9, 2005.
    USDA: Transparency and Accountability for Socially 
Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers, pursuant to section 10708, 
Part A, Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002. 
Submitted by USDA, March 10, 2005.
    GAO: Information Resource Management Internal Control 
Issues. Submitted by GAO, March 10, 2005.
    Charter: Establishment of the Strengthening America's 
Communities Advisory Committee, pursuant to the Federal 
Advisory Committee Act. Submitted by the USDA, March 10, 2005.
    USDA: Requests for Equitable Relief in Calendar Year 2004, 
required by section 1613 of the Farm Security and Rural 
Investment Act of 2002.
    Submitted by USDA, March 10, 2005.
    GAO: Means-Tested Programs, pursuant to request. Submitted 
by GAO, March 11, 2005.
    USDA: 2004 Annual Report to Congress of the Federal Grain 
Inspection Service, required by the United States Grain 
Standards Act, as amended. Submitted by USDA, March 14, 2005.
    USTR: Letter from Peter F. Allgeier, Acting USTR, regarding 
EU wood packaging material requirements. Submitted by USTR, 
March 15, 2005.
    USDA: Assessment of the Cattle, Hog, Poultry, and Sheep 
Industries, required by the Grain Standards and Warehouse 
Improvement Act of 2000. Submitted by USDA, March 15, 2005.
    EPA: Letter from Thomas V. Skinner, Acting Administrator, 
EPA, to Chairman Bob Goodlatte, Committee on Agriculture, 
indicating intent to extend comment period on EPA's air quality 
compliance agreement for animal feeding operations to May 2, 
2005 and the sign-up period to July 1, 2005. Submitted by EPA, 
March 15, 2005.
    USDA: Structural and Financial Characteristics of U.S. 
Farms: 2004 Family Farm Report. Submitted by USDA, March 16, 
2005.
    Charter: Renewal of the National Advisory Committee on Meat 
and Poultry, pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act. 
Submitted by the USDA, March 16, 2005.
    USDA: Proposed legislation to reauthorize the Federal Grain 
Inspection Service of the Department of Agriculture's Grain 
Inspection, Packers, and Stockyards Administration. Submitted 
by USDA, March 22, 2005.
    USDA: Agricultural Statistics, 2004. Submitted by USDA, 
March 30, 2005.
    CFTC: Commodity Futures Trading Commission's Federal 
Employee Antidiscrimination and Retaliation Act of 2002 (No 
Fear Act) Report for fiscal year 2004. Submitted by CFTC, March 
30, 2005.
    EPA: Letter from Thomas V. Skinner, Acting Assistant 
Administrator, EPA, to Chairman Bob Goodlatte, Committee on 
Agriculture, regarding the Air Quality Compliance Agreement for 
Animal Feeding Operations. Submitted by EPA, March 30, 2005.
    GAO: Oversight of Food Safety Activities, pursuant to 
request. Submitted by GAO, March 30, 2005.
    USDA: Reaching Those in Need: State Food Stamp 
Participation Rates in 2002. Submitted by USDA, March 31, 2005.
    USDA: Letter from Bill Hawks, Under Secretary, Marketing 
and Regulatory Programs, USDA, to Chairman Goodlatte, Committee 
on Agriculture, regarding the European Union's debarking 
requirement for wood pallets. Submitted by USDA, April 1, 2005.
    USDA: Proposed land purchase in Mark Twain National Forest, 
Missouri, required by section 17(b) of the National Forest 
Management Act of 1976, P.L. 94-588, as amended. Submitted by 
USDA, April 1, 2005.
    USAID: Report to Congress on P.L. 480, title II, fiscal 
year 2004 Approved Programs, pursuant to section 3007(3) of the 
Farm Security and Rural Investment Act 2002, P.L. 107-171. 
Submitted by USAID, April 12, 2005.
    GAO: Report on a major rule promulgated by the Department 
of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation, entitled, ``2003-
2005 Crop Disaster Programs,'' pursuant to section 801(a)(2)(A) 
of title 5, United States Code. Submitted by GAO, April 14, 
2005.
    GAO: Report on a major rule promulgated by the Department 
of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation, entitled, ``2003-
2004 Livestock Assistance Program,'' pursuant to section 
801(a)(2)(A) of title 5, United States Code. Submitted by GAO, 
April 14, 2005.
    GAO: Report on a major rule promulgated by the Department 
of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency, Commodity Credit 
Corporation, entitled, ``Tobacco Transition Payment Program,'' 
pursuant to section 801(a)(2)(A) of title 5, United States 
Code. Submitted by GAO, April 14, 2005.
    USDA: Office of Inspector General Semiannual Report to 
Congress, fiscal year 2004, April 1-September 30, 2004. 
Submitted by USDA, April 15, 2005.
    GAO: Forest Service, pursuant to request. Submitted by GAO, 
April 15, 2005.
    Department of the Treasury: Quarterly Report, January 1-
March 31, 2005, Office of Foreign Assets Control, pursuant to 
the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act of 2000. 
Submitted by the Department of the Treasury, April 18, 2005.
    Charter: Renewal of the Intergovernmental Advisory 
Committee, pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act. 
Submitted by the USDA, April 18, 2005.
    USDA: Letter from Bill Hawks, Under Secretary, Marketing 
and Regulatory Programs, to Chairman Bob Goodlatte, Committee 
on Agriculture, regarding the Arizona-Las Vegas and Pacific 
Northwest Federal Milk Marketing Orders. Submitted by USDA, 
April 18, 2005.
    USDA: Report on the implementation of a National Animal 
Identification System, required by the 2005 Consolidated 
Appropriations Act. Submitted by USDA, April 20, 2005.
    USDA: Proposed land purchase in Green Mountain National 
Forest, Vermont, required by section 17(b) of the National 
Forest Management Act of 1976, P.L. 94-588, as amended. 
Submitted by USDA, April 21, 2005.
    USDA: National Animal Identification System, Strategic 
Plan, 2005-2009. Submitted by USDA, April 25, 2005.
    USDA: Administrative Expenses of Research and Promotion 
Boards Supervised by AMS 2005, required by section 501(d) of 
the Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act of 1996. 
Submitted by USDA, April 25, 2005.
    Charter: Renewal of the Invasive Species Advisory Committee 
Act, as amended, pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee 
Act. Submitted by the Department of the Interior, April 25, 
2005.
    GAO: Technology Assessment, pursuant to request. Submitted 
by GAO, April 26, 2005.
    Charter: Renewal of the Agricultural Policy Advisory 
Committee for Trade, and the Agricultural Technical Advisory 
Committees for Trade, pursuant to the Federal Advisory 
Committee Act. Submitted by USDA, April 29, 2005. Department of 
Commerce: Quarterly Report to the Congress on Activities 
Undertaken by the Department of Commerce, pursuant to section 
906(a)(1) of the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement 
Act of 2000. Submitted by the Department of Commerce, May 2, 
2005.
    USDA: 2002 Census of Agriculture, Congressional District 
Profile, Virginia, District 6. Submitted by USDA, May 3, 2005. 
USDA: Effects of Federal Decisions that Limit Irrigation Water 
Supplies, required by section 10108 of the Farm Security and 
Rural Investment Act of 2002. Submitted by USDA, May 4, 2005.
    USDA: Effects of Federal Decisions that Limit Irrigation 
Water Supplies, required by section 10108 of the Farm Security 
and Rural Investment Act of 2002. Submitted by USDA, May 4, 
2005.
    USDA: Proposed land purchase in Green Mountain National 
Forest, Vermont, required by section 17(b) of the National 
Forest Management Act of 1976, P.L. 94-588, as amended. 
Submitted by USDA, May 5, 2005.
    Charter: Renewal of the Edward R. Madigan United States 
Agricultural Export Excellence Board of Evaluators. Submitted 
by USDA, May 11, 2005. Charter: Renewal of the National 
Drinking Water Advisory Council, pursuant to the Federal 
Advisory Committee Act. Submitted by EPA, May 12, 2005.
    Charter: Renewal of the Advisory Committee on Foreign 
Animal and Poultry Diseases, pursuant to the Federal Advisory 
Committee Act. Submitted by USDA, May 12, 2005.
    GAO: USDA's Preparation for Asian Soybean Rust, pursuant to 
request. Submitted by GAO, May 17, 2005.
    USDA: Proposed land purchase in Chattahoochee National 
Forest, Georgia, required by section 17(b) of the National 
Forest Management Act of 1976, P.L. 94-588, as amended. 
Submitted by USDA, May 17, 2005.
    CFTC: Semiannual Report of the Office of the Inspector 
General of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission for October 
1-March 31, 2005, required by section 5 of the Inspector 
General Act of 1978, as amended. Submitted by CFTC, May 20, 
2005.
    USDA: Proposed land purchase in Ouachita National Forest, 
Arkansas, required by section 17(b) of the National Forest 
Management Act of 1976, P.L. 94-588, as amended. Submitted by 
USDA, May 26, 2005. USAID: Report regarding reasons for USAID's 
waiver of the subminimum tonnage requirement, required by 
section 204(a)(3) of the Agricultural Trade Development and 
Assistance Act of 1954, as amended. Submitted by USAID, May 31, 
2005.
    Charter: Establishment of the Roadless Area Conservation 
National Advisory Committee, pursuant to the Federal Advisory 
Committee Act. Submitted by USDA, May 31, 2005.
    Charter: Establishment of the Federal Advisory Committee on 
Detection and Quantitation Approaches and Uses in Clean Water 
Act Programs, pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act. 
Submitted by EPA, May 31, 2005.
    USDA: Proposed land purchase in Cherokee National Forest, 
Tennessee, required by section 17(b) of the National Forest 
Management Act of 1976, P.L. 94-588, as amended. Submitted by 
USDA, May 31, 2005. USDA: Proposed land exchange in Ozark 
National Forest, Arkansas, required by section 17(b) of the 
National Forest Management Act of 1976, P.L. 94-588, as 
amended. Submitted by USDA, June 6, 2005.
    USDA: Proposed land exchange in Ottawa National Forest, 
Michigan, required by section 17(b) of the National Forest 
Management Act of 1976, P.L. 94-588, as amended. Submitted by 
USDA, June 7, 2005.
    USDA: Farmland Protection Policy Act Annual Report, 
pursuant to section 1546 of the Farmland Protection Policy Act, 
as amended by section 1255(a), title XII of the Food Security 
Act of 1985. Submitted by USDA, June 8, 2005.
    USDA: Review of the National Agricultural Research, 
Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board mission area 
portfolio, required by the Agricultural Research, Extension, 
and Education Reform Act of 1998. Submitted by USDA, National 
Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics 
Advisory Board, June 9, 2005.
    USDA: Proposed land purchase in Wayne National Forest, 
Ohio, required by section 17(b) of the National Forest 
Management Act of 1976, P.L. 94-588, as amended. Submitted by 
USDA, June 14, 2005.
    USDA: Notification of request under the Freedom of 
Information Act for a list of almond growers covered by a 
Federal marketing order, required by section 1663 of the Food 
Security Act of 1985. Submitted by USDA, June 15, 2005. USDA: 
Proposed land purchase in Francis Marion National Forest, South 
Carolina, required by section 17(b) of the National Forest 
Management Act of 1976, P.L. 94-588, as amended. Submitted by 
USDA, July 6, 2005. HHS: Indicators of Welfare Dependence, 
Eighth Annual Report to Congress, pursuant to the Welfare 
Indicators Act of 1994. Submitted by HHS, July 6, 2005.
    USDA: Notification of request under the Freedom of 
Information Act for a list of raisin growers covered by a 
Federal marketing order, required by section 1663 of the Food 
Security Act of 1985. Submitted by USDA, July 8, 2005.
    USDA: FAS Guide to World Horticultural Trade, pursuant to 
the Specialty Crops Competitiveness Act of 2004. Submitted by 
USDA, July 13, 2005.
    USDA: Proposed land purchase in Green Mountain National 
Forest, Vermont, required by section 17(b) of the National 
Forest Management Act of 1976, P.L. 94-588, as amended. 
Submitted by USDA, July 15, 2005.
    USDA: Proposed land exchange in Ouachita National Forest, 
Oklahoma, required by section 17(b) of the National Forest 
Management Act of 1976, P.L. 94-588, as amended. Submitted by 
USDA, July 15, 2005.
    USDA: Proposed land purchase in Chattahoochee National 
Forest, Georgia, required by section 17(b) of the National 
Forest Management Act of 1976, P.L. 94-588, as amended. 
Submitted by USDA, July 15, 2005.
    USDA: Proposed land purchase in Daniel Boone National 
Forest, Kentucky, required by section 17(b) of the National 
Forest Management Act of 1976, P.L. 94-588, as amended. 
Submitted by USDA, July 15, 2005.
    USDA: Notification of request under the Freedom of 
Information Act for a list of prune growers covered by a 
Federal marketing order, required by section 1663 of the Food 
Security Act of 1985. Submitted by USDA, July 18, 2005.
    USDA: Food Stamp Program Participation Rates, 2003. 
Submitted by USDA. July 29, 2005.
    USDA: Proposed land purchases in Cherokee National Forest, 
Tennessee, required by section 17(b) of the National Forest 
Management Act of 1976, P.L. 94-588, as amended. Submitted by 
USDA, August 1, 2005.
    USDA: Report to Congress on the National Dairy Promotion 
and Research Program and the National Fluid Milk Processor 
Promotion Program, pursuant to the Dairy Production 
Stabilization Act of 1983 and the Fluid Milk Promotion Act of 
1990. Submitted by USDA, August 1, 2005. Charter: Renewal of 
the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee, pursuant to the 
Federal Advisory Committee Act. Submitted by EPA, August 5, 
2005.
     USDA: Letter from USDA Secretary Johanns to Chairman Bob 
Goodlatte, Committee on Agriculture, regarding the Air Quality 
Compliance Agreement for animal feeding operations. Submitted 
by USDA, August 11, 2005.
    Charter: Establishment of the Collaborative Forest 
Restoration Program Technical Advisory Panel, pursuant to the 
Federal Advisory Committee Act. Submitted by USDA, August 12, 
2005.
    USDA: Annual Report to Congress on Biomass Research and 
Development Initiative for fiscal year 2004, pursuant to the 
Biomass Research and Development Act of 2000. Submitted by 
USDA, August 19, 2005.
    USDA: Letter from USDA Secretary Johanns to Chairman Bob 
Goodlatte, Committee on Agriculture, regarding USDA's enhanced 
surveillance program for bovine spongiform encephalopathy 
(BSE). August 25, 2005.
    USDA: Proposed land purchase in Cherokee National Forest, 
Tennessee, required by section 17(b) of the National Forest 
Management Act of 1976, P.L. 94-588, as amended. Submitted by 
USDA, August 30, 2005.
    USDA: Proposed land purchases in Huron National Forest, 
Michigan, Manistee National Forest, Michigan, and Chippewa 
National Forest, Minnesota, required by section 17(b) of the 
National Forest Management Act of 1976, P.L. 94-588, as 
amended. Submitted by USDA, September 1, 2005.
    USDA: Management Challenges, pursuant to the Reports 
Consolidation Act of 2000. Submitted by USDA, September 7, 
2005.
    Charter: Establishment of the EPA Board of Scientific 
Counselors, as amended, pursuant to the Federal Advisory 
Committee Act. Submitted by EPA, September 16, 2005.
    Charter: Amendment to the Board of Scientific Counselors 
Charter, pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act. 
Submitted by EPA, September 23, 2005.
    Charter: Renewal of the Children's Health Protection 
Advisory Committee, pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee 
Act. Submitted by EPA, September 23, 2005.
    EPA: Letter from Stephen L. Johnson, Administrator, to 
Chairman Bob Goodlatte, Committee on Agriculture, regarding the 
EPA's consent agreement for animal feeding operations. 
Submitted by EPA, September 28, 2005.
    USDA: Household Food Security in the United States, 2004. 
Submitted by USDA, October, 2005. USDA: Report on activities by 
the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Cooperative 
State Research, Education, and Extension Service to ensure that 
applicable research results and technologies from the Biomass 
Research and Development Initiative are adapted, made 
available, and disseminated, pursuant to the Technology and 
Information Transfer to Agricultural Users of the Biomass 
Research and Development Act of 2000. Submitted by USDA, 
October 5, 2005.
    EPA: Final Rule entitled Pesticides; Emergency Exemption 
Process Revisions, pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, 
Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act. Submitted by EPA, October 7, 
2005
    EPA: Proposed Rule entitled Pesticides; Data Requirements 
for Biochemical and Microbial Pesticides, pursuant to the 
Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act. Submitted 
by EPA, October 7, 2005
    GAO: Commitment to report on the Master Settlement 
Agreement by June 2, 2006, pursuant to the Farm Security and 
Rural Investment Act of 2002. Submitted by GAO, October 7, 
2005.
    USDA: Notification of request under the Freedom of 
Information Act for a list of almond growers covered by a 
Federal marketing order, required by section 1663 of the Food 
Security Act of 1985. Submitted by USDA, October 14, 2005.
    USDA: Mustard Pilot Program Evaluation Report, required by 
section 523(a)(5) of the Federal Crop Insurance Act. Submitted 
by the Risk Management Agency, USDA, October 21, 2005.
    USDA: Cultivated Wild Rice Pilot Program, required by 
section 523(a)(5) of the Federal Crop Insurance Act. Submitted 
by the Risk Management Agency, USDA, October 21, 2005.
    Charter: Renewal of the Northwest Forest Plan Provincial 
Advisory Committees, pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee 
Act. Submitted by USDA, October 24, 2005.
    Charter: Renewal of the Resource Advisory Committees for 
the Pacific Southwest Region, pursuant to the Federal Advisory 
Committee Act. Submitted by USDA, October 24, 2005.
    USDA: Food Stamp Research Grants to Improve Access Through 
Technology and Partnerships: Fiscal Year 2002. Submitted by 
USDA, November 1, 2005. USDA: 2005 Biennial Report, pursuant to 
the Child Nutrition Act of 1966. Submitted by the National 
Advisory Council on Maternal, Infant and Fetal Nutrition, 
November 3, 2005.
    Department of the Treasury: Letter from Secretary Snow to 
Chairman Goodlatte regarding CFTC v. Zelener. Submitted by the 
Department of the Treasury, November 3, 2005.
    Charter: Renewal of the Pesticide Program Dialogue 
Committee, pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act. 
Submitted by EPA, November 4, 2005.
    Charter: Renewal of the National Advisory Committee on 
Acute Exposure Guideline Levels for Hazardous Substances, 
pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act. Submitted by 
EPA, November 4, 2005.
    Charter: Renewal of the EPA Scientific Advisory Board, 
pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act. Submitted by 
the EPA, November 7, 2005. Maui County Clerk: Resolution No. 
05-152, adopted by the Council of the County of Maui, State of 
Hawaii, on November 4, 2005. Submitted by the Office of the 
Maui County Clerk, November 7, 2005.
    CFTC: fiscal year 2005 Federal Information Security 
Management Act Report. Submitted by CFTC, November 14, 2005. 
USDA: Reaching Those in Need: State Food Stamp Participation 
Rates in 2003. Submitted by USDA, November 18, 2005.
    Charter: Renewal of the Advisory Committee on Beginning 
Farmers and Ranchers, pursuant to the Federal Advisory 
Committee Act. Submitted by USDA, November 18, 2005.
    CFTC: Semiannual Report of the Office of the Inspector 
General of the CFTC, required by section 5 of the Inspector 
General Act of 1978. Submitted by CFTC, November 23, 2005.
    USDA: 2005 Report to Congress, pursuant to the Federal 
Financial Assistance Management Improvement Act. Submitted by 
USDA, November 28, 2005.
    USDA: Proposed land purchase in Tombigbee National Forest, 
Mississippi, required by section 17(b) of the National Forest 
Management Act of 1976, P.L. 94-588, as amended. Submitted by 
USDA, December 7, 2005.
    USDA: Microbiological Data Program, Progress Update and 
2004 Data Summary. Submitted by USDA, January, 2006.
    Charter: Renewal of the Opal Creek Scenic Recreation Area 
Advisory Council, pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee 
Act. Submitted by USDA, January 4, 2006.
    Charter: Renewal of the EPA Local Government Advisory 
Committee, pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act. 
Submitted by EPA, January 6, 2006.
    USDA: Proposed land purchase in Chequamegon National 
Forest, Wisconsin, required by section 17(b) of the National 
Forest Management Act of 1976, P.L. 94-588, as amended. 
Submitted by USDA, January 13, 2006.
    USDA: Proposed land purchases in Cherokee National Forest, 
Tennessee, White Mountain National Forest, New Hampshire, and 
Chequamegon National Forest, Wisconsin, required by section 
17(b) of the National Forest Management Act of 1976, P.L. 94-
588, as amended. Submitted by USDA, January 13, 2006.
    USDA: Comparative Advantage in Ethanol Production: U.S. 
Grains versus Sugar, pursuant to request. Submitted by USDA, 
January 13, 2006.
    USDA: Audit Report of APHIS BSE Surveillance Program--Phase 
II and FSIS Controls over BSE Sampling, Specified Risk 
Materials, and Advance
    Meat Recovery Products, Phase III. Submitted by USDA, 
February 1, 2006.
    USAID: Report to Congress on P.L. 480, title II, fiscal 
year 2006 Approved Programs, required by the Farm Security and 
Rural Investment Act. Submitted by USAID, February 8, 2006.
    Charter: Renewal of the Missouri River (North Dakota) Task 
Force, pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act. 
Submitted by DOD, February 9, 2006.
    EPA: Draft copy of a final rule entitled, Pesticide 
Management and Disposal; Standards for Pesticide Containers and 
Containment, pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, 
and Rodenticide Act. Submitted by EPA, February 9, 2006.
    EPA: Draft of the 2006-2011 EPA Strategic Plan, pursuant to 
the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993. Submitted 
by EPA, February 15, 2006.
    Charter: Establishment of the Human Studies Review Board, 
pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act. Submitted by 
EPA, February 21, 2006.
    USDA: Notification of request under the Freedom of 
Information Act for a list of avocado growers covered by a 
Federal marketing order, required by section 1663 of the Food 
Security Act of 1985. Submitted by USDA, February 24, 2006.
    EPA: Letter from Stephen L. Johnson, Administrator, EPA, to 
Chairman Goodlatte, Committee on Agriculture, regarding the Air 
Compliance Agreement for Feed Animal Operations. Submitted by 
EPA, February 24, 2006.
    GAO: Agriculture Production. Submitted by GAO, February 24, 
2006. USDA: Energy Conservation Program, 2005 Fiscal Year 
Statistical Summary. Submitted by USDA, March, 2006.
    EPA: Fiscal Year 2005 Performance and Accountability 
Report. Submitted by EPA, March 2, 2006.
    USDA: Report to Congress on the Resource Conservation and 
Development Program, pursuant to the Farm Security and Rural 
Investment Act of 2002. Submitted by USDA, March 2, 2006.
    USDA: Proposed land purchase in Hoosier National Forest, 
Indiana, required by section 17(b) of the National Forest 
Management Act of 1976, P.L. 94-588, as amended. Submitted by 
USDA, March 9, 2006.
    USDA: Report on Transparency and Accountability for 
Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers. Submitted by USDA, 
March 10, 2006.
    USDC: Quarterly Report to the Congress on Activities 
Undertaken by the Department of Commerce, pursuant to the Trade 
Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act of 2000. Submitted 
by the USDC, March 13, 2006.
    Vermont House of Representatives: Joint House Resolution 
68. Submitted by the State of Vermont House of Representatives, 
March 13, 2006.
    Charter: Renewal of the Environmental Financial Advisory 
Board, pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act. 
Submitted by EPA, March 17, 2006.
    USDA: Proposed land exchanges in DeSoto National Forest, 
Mississippi, and Homochitto National Forest, Mississippi, 
required by section 17(b) of the National Forest Management Act 
of 1976, P.L. 94-588, as amended. Submitted by USDA, March 20, 
2006.
    USDA: Report on Equitable Relief, pursuant to the Farm 
Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002. Submitted by USDA, 
March 21, 2006. Charter: Renewal of the Resource Advisory 
Committees for the Alaska Region, pursuant to the Federal 
Advisory Committee Act. Submitted by USDA, March 24, 2006.
    Amended Charter: Establishment of the Advisory Committee on 
Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture, pursuant to the 
Federal Advisory Committee Act. Submitted by USDA, March 24, 
2005.
    FCA: Fiscal Year 2005 Annual Report on the Notification and 
Federal Employee Antidiscrimination and Retaliation Act of 
2002. Submitted by FCA, March 27, 2006.
    GAO: Offshoring in Six Human Services Programs, pursuant to 
request. Submitted by GAO, March 28, 2006.
    USDA: Administrative Expenses on Programs established under 
Commodity Promotion Laws, required by the Federal Agriculture 
Improvement and Reform Act of 1996. Submitted by USDA, March 
29, 2006.
    USDA: Office of Inspector General Semiannual Report to 
Congress, fiscal year 2005-Second Half. Submitted by USDA, 
March 30, 2006.
    Charter: Establishment of the Resource Advisory Committees 
for the State of Idaho, pursuant to the Federal Advisory 
Committee Act. Submitted by USDA, April 6, 2006.
    USDA: Proposed land purchase in Nicolet National Forest, 
Wisconsin, required by section 17(b) of the National Forest 
Management Act of 1976, P.L. 94-588, as amended. Submitted by 
USDA, April 7, 2006.
    USDA: Proposed land purchase in Mark Twain National Forest, 
Missouri, required by section 17(b) of the National Forest 
Management Act of 1976, P.L. 94-588, as amended. Submitted by 
USDA, April 14, 2006.
    USDA: Proposed land purchase in Cherokee National Forest, 
Tennessee, required by section 17(b) of the National Forest 
Management Act of 1976, P.L. 94-588, as amended. Submitted by 
USDA, April 18, 2006.
    USDA: Farmland Protection Policy Act Annual Report for 
fiscal year 2005, pursuant to the Farmland Protection Policy 
Act. Submitted by the USDA, April 11, 2006.
    GAO: Tobacco Settlement, pursuant to request. Submitted by 
GAO, April 11, 2006.
    USDA: Report on Sugar and Sugar-Containing Products, 
pursuant to the Trade Act of 2002. Submitted by USDA, April 12, 
2006.
    USDA: Proposed land purchase in Cherokee National Forest, 
Tennessee, required by section 17(b) of the National Forest 
Management Act of 1976, P.L. 94-588, as amended. Submitted by 
USDA, April 18, 2006.
    FCA: Semiannual Report to Congress, October 1, 2005-March 
31, 2006, pursuant to the Inspector General Act of 1978. 
Submitted by FCA, April 20, 2006.
    USDA: Report to Congress on Texas' Restructuring of Food 
Stamp Program Operations, pursuant to the Agriculture, Rural 
Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies 
Appropriations Act, 2006. Submitted April 24, 2006.
    EPA: U.S.-Mexico Border Environment. Submitted April 25, 
2006.
    USDA: Report on the Global Effort to Reduce Child Hunger 
and Increase School Attendance, required by the Farm Security 
and Rural Investment Act of 2002. Submitted April 28, 2006. 
USDA and USDI: Protecting People and Natural Resources: A 
Cohesive Fuels Treatment Strategy. Submitted by USDA and USDI, 
April 28, 2006.
    USDC: Quarterly Report on Activities Undertaken by the 
Department of Commerce, pursuant to section 906(a)(1) of the 
Trade Sanction Reform and Export Enhancement Act of 2000. 
Submitted by USDC, May 2, 2006.
    USDI: Announcement of intention to request approval to 
continue the collections of information under 30 CFR, part 740, 
Surface Coal Mining and Reclamation Operations on Federal 
Lands, in compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. 
Submitted by USDI, May 3, 2006.
    Charter: Establishment of the National Organic Standards 
Board, pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act. 
Submitted by USDA, May 5, 2006.
    USDA: Seven user feee proposals which would shift the 
funding of covererd activities from the Government to the 
beneficiaries of the activities. Submitted by USDA, May 4, 
2006.
    Charter: Renewal of the Forestry Research Advisory Council, 
pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act. Submitted by 
USDA, May 5, 2006.
    GAO: Report on a major rule promulgated by the Department 
of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation, entitled, 
``Grassland Reserve Program,'' pursuant to section 801(a)(2)(A) 
of title V, United States Code. Submitted by GAO, May 8, 2006.
    USDA: Proposed land purchase in Chequamegon National 
Forest, Wisconsin, required by section 17(b) of the National 
Forest Management Act of 1976, P.L. 94-588, as amended. 
Submitted by USDA, May 8, 2006.
    USTR: Letter from Ambassador Rob Portman, United States 
Trade Representative, to Chairman Bob Goodlatte regarding the 
role of immigration in ongoing trade negotiations. Submitted by 
USTR, May 8, 2006.
    FCA: Semiannual Management Report on the Status of Audits, 
pursuant to the Inspector General Act of 1978. Submitted by 
FCA, May 9, 2006.
    USDA: Data collected as part of the enhanced surveillance 
program for bovine spongiform encephalopathy in the United 
States. Submitted by USDA, May 10, 2006.
    USDA: Notification of request under the Freedom of 
Information Act for a list of almond, raisin, walnut, peach, 
and nectarine growers covered by a Federal marketing order, 
required by section 1663 of the Food Security Act of 1985. 
Submitted by USDA, May 16, 2006.
    USDA: Transparency and Accountability for Socially 
Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers, pursuant to the Farm 
Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002. Submitted by USDA, 
May 16, 2006.
    GAO: Report on a major rule promulgated by the Department 
of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation, entitled, 
``Percentages for Direct and Counter-Cyclical Program Advance 
Payments,'' pursuant to section 801 (a)(2)(A) of title V, 
United States Code. Submitted by GAO, May 17, 2006.
    USTR: Letter from Ambassador Rob Portman, United States 
Trade Representative, to Chairman Goodlatte, Committee on 
Agriculture, regarding patent disclosure discussions. Submitted 
by USTR, May 18, 2006.
    GAO: Homeland Security. Submitted by GAO, May 19, 2006.
    Charter: Renewal of the Environmental Protection Agency 
Board of Scientific Counselors, pursuant to the Federal 
Advisory Committee Act. Submitted by EPA, May 19, 2006.
    USDA: Proposed land exchange in Ozark National Forest, 
Arkansas, required by section 17(b) of the National Forest 
Management Act of 1976, P.L. 94-588, as amended. Submitted by 
USDA, May 19, 2006.
    Charter: Renewal of the Commodity Futures Trading 
Commission's Agricultural Advisory Committee, as amended, 
pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act. Submitted by 
CFTC, May 23, 2006.
    Embassy of Japan: Letter from Ambassador Ryozo Kato, 
Ambassador of Japan, to Chairman Goodlatte, Committee on 
Agriculture, regarding beef trade between the United States and 
Japan. Submitted by the Embassy of Japan, May 24, 2006.
    CFTC: Semiannual Report of the Office of the Inspector 
General, October 1, 2005 through March 31, 2006, required by 
the Inspector General Act of 1978, as amended. Submitted by 
CFTC, May 26, 2006.
    Charter: Establishment of the Resource Advisory Committees 
for the Rocky Mountain Region, pursuant to the Federal Advisory 
Committee Act. Submitted by EPA, May 30, 2006.
    EPA: EPA 2006-2011 Strategic Plan. Submitted by EPA, May 
31, 2006.
    EPA: Final rule entitled, ``Pesticides; Procedural 
Regulations for Registration Review; Final Review,'' as 
required by section 23 (a)(3) of the Federal Insecticide, 
Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). Submitted by EPA, May 
31, 2006.
    USDA: Food Stamp Program Participation Rates: 2004. 
Submitted by USDA, June, 2006. Charter: Establishment of the 
Coastal Elevations and Sea Level Rise Advisory Committee, 
pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act. Submitted by 
EPA, June 7, 2006.
    USDA: Proposed land exchange in Chattahoochee-Oconee 
National Forest, Georgia, required by section 17(b) of the 
National Forest Management Act of 1976, P.L. 94-588, as 
amended. Submitted by USDA, June 7, 2006.
    USDA: Office of Inspector General Semiannual Report to 
Congress, October 1, 2005-March 31, 2006. Submitted by USDA, 
June 8, 2006.
    USDA: Proposed land purchases in Daniel Boone National 
Forest, Kentucky, required by section 17(b) of the National 
Forest Management Act of 1976, P.L. 94-588, as amended. 
Submitted by USDA, June 9, 2006.
    USDA: Proposed land purchase in Wayne National Forest, 
Ohio, required by section 17(b) of the National Forest 
Management Act of 1976, P.L. 94-588, as amended. Submitted by 
USDA, June 14, 2006.
    USDA: Strategic Plan for Fiscal Year 2005-2010. Submitted 
by USDA, June 15, 2006.
    Charter: Renewal of the National Advisory Council for 
Environmental Policy and Technology, pursuant to the Federal 
Advisory Committee Act. Submitted by EPA, June 16, 2006.
    Charter: Renewal of the Lake Tahoe Basin Federal Advisory 
Committee, pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act. 
Submitted by USDA, June 16, 2006.
    GAO: Report on a major rule promulgated by the Department 
of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency, entitled, ``2005 section 
32 Hurricane Disaster Programs,'' pursuant to section 
801(a)(2)(A) of title V, United States Code. Submitted by GAO, 
June 22, 2006. USDA: Proposed land exchange in Hoosier National 
Forest, Indiana, required by section 17(b) of the National 
Forest Management Act of 1976, P.L. 94-588, as amended. 
Submitted by USDA, June 22, 2006.
    GAO: Report on a major rule promulgated by the Department 
of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, entitled, ``Food 
Stamp Program: Employment and Training Program Provisions of 
the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002,'' pursuant 
to section 801(a)(2)(A) of title V, United States Code. 
Submitted by GAO, June 27, 2006.
    Charter: Renewal of the Resource Advisory Committee for the 
Southwestern Region, pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee 
Act. Submitted by USDA, June 30, 2006.
    USDA: Reform and Assessment of Conservation Programs: A 
Report to Congress, pursuant to section 2005 of the Farm 
Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002. Submitted by USDA, 
July 10, 2006.
    GAO: Report on a major rule promulgated by the Department 
of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation, entitled, 
``Conservation Reserve Program--Emergency Forestry Conservation 
Reserve Program,'' pursuant to section 801(a)(2)(A) of title V, 
United States Code. Submitted by GAO, July 10, 2006.
    GAO: Report on a major rule promulgated by the Department 
of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency, entitled, ``Emergency 
Conservation Program,'' pursuant to section 801(a)(2)(A) of 
title V, United States Code. Submitted by GAO, July 10, 2006.
    USDA: The Economic Feasibility of Ethanol Production from 
Sugar in the United States. Submitted by USDA, July 10, 2006.
    USDA: Draft legislation to amend the Child Nutrition Act of 
1996. Submitted by USDA, July 11, 2006.
    USDA: Proposed land exchange in Chattahoochee-Oconoee 
National Forest, Georgia, required by section 17(b) of the 
National Forest Management Act of 1976, P.L. 94-588, as 
amended. Submitted by USDA, July 17, 2006.
    USDA: Letter from W. Ron DeHaven, Administrator, APHIS, to 
Chairman Goodlatte, Committee on Agriculture, regarding USDA's 
efforts to ensure the well-being of all horses while in 
transport to slaughter in the United States. Submitted by USDA, 
July 24, 2006.
    USDA: Report to Congress, Evaluating the Relative Cost 
Effectiveness of the Farm Service Agency's Farm Loan Programs, 
pursuant to the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002. 
Submitted by USDA, August 3, 2006.
    USDA: Report to Congress on the status of Texas' 
restructuring of its Food Stamp Program operations, pursuant to 
the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug 
Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2006. 
Submitted by USDA, August 7, 2006. Charter: Renewal of the 
National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for 
Foods, pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act. 
Submitted by USDA, August 10, 2006.
    USDA: Letter from Secretary Johanns to Chairman Goodlatte, 
Committee on Agriculture, regarding the current status of the 
Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy Surveillance Program. 
Submitted by USDA, August 11, 2006.
    USDA: Proposed land purchase in Cheqamegon-Nicolet National 
Forest, Wisconsin, required by section 17(b) of the National 
Forest Management Act of 1976, P.L. 94-588, as amended. 
Submitted by USDA, August 16, 2006.
    EPA: Letter from William L. Wehrun, Acting Assistant 
Administrator, to Chairman Goodlatte, Committee on Agriculture, 
acknowledging proposal to revise the National Ambient Air 
Quality Standards for particulate matter. Submitted by EPA, 
August 17, 2006.
    Charter: National Agricultural Research, Extension, 
Education, and Economics Advisory Board review of USDA 
Research, Education, and Economics mission area work functions 
for relevance of its programs to national priorities and for 
adequacy of funding, pursuant to the Agricultural Research, 
Extension, and Educational Reform Act of 1998. Submitted by 
NAREEE Advisory Board, August 18, 2006.
    USDA: Proposed land purchase from Red Line Inc., Sharkey, 
Mississippi, required by section 17(b) of the National Forest 
Management Act of 1976, P.L. 94-588, as amended. Submitted by 
USDA, August 25, 2006.
    USDA: Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2005, pursuant to the 
Notification and Federal Employee Antidiscrimination and 
Retaliation Act of 2002. Submitted by USDA, August 25, 2006.
    USDA: Proposed land purchase in Daniel Boone National 
Forest, Kentucky, required by section 17(b) of the National 
Forest Management Act of 1976, P.L. 94-588, as amended. 
Submitted by USDA, August 31, 2006.
    USDA: Report on imports of sugar and sugar-containing 
products, pursuant to section 5203 of the Trade Act of 2002. 
Submitted by USDA, August 31, 2006.
    Charter: Renewal of the National Advisory Committee to the 
United States Representative to the Council of the Commission 
for Environmental Cooperation, pursuant to the Federal Advisory 
Committee Act. Submitted by EPA, September 1, 2006.
    Charter: Renewal of the Agricultural Air Quality Task 
Force, pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act. 
Submitted by USDA, September 8, 2006.
    USDA: Proposed land purchases in Daniel Boone National 
Forest, Kentucky, and Cherokee National Forest, Tennessee, 
required by section 17(b) of the National Forest Management Act 
of 1976, P.L. 94-588, as amended. Submitted by USDA, September 
8, 2006.
    Charter: Renewal of the Invasive Species Advisory 
Committee, pursuant the Federal Advisory Committee Act. 
Submitted by the Department of the Interior, September 8, 2006.
    Charter: Renewal of the Good Neighbor Environmental Board, 
pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act. Submitted by 
EPA, September 12, 2006 USDA: Letter from Bruce I. Knight, 
Under Secretary, Marketing and Regulatory Programs, Department 
of Agriculture, to Chairman Goodlatte, Committee on 
Agriculture, regarding dairy product make allowances. Submitted 
by USDA, September 12, 2006.
    USDA: Proposed land exchange in Superior National Forest, 
Minnesota, required by section 17(b) of the National Forest 
Management Act of 1976, P.L. 94-588, as amended. Submitted by 
USDA, September 14, 2006.
    USDA: Proposed land purchase in Talladega National Forest, 
Alabama, required by section 17(b) of the National Forest 
Management Act of 1976, P.L. 94-588, as amended. Submitted by 
USDA, September 14, 2006.
    USDA: Proposed land purchase in San Bernardino National 
Forest, California, required by section 17(b) of the National 
Forest Management Act of 1976, P.L. 94-588, as amended. 
Submitted by USDA, September 14, 2006.
    EPA: Letter from William L. Wehrum, Acting Assistant 
Administrator, EPA, to Chairman Goodlatte, Committee on 
Agriculture, regarding EPA's proposal to revise the National 
Ambient Air Quality Standards for particulate matter. Submitted 
by EPA, September 15, 2006. USDA: Annual Report to Congress on 
the Biomass Research and Development Initiative for fiscal year 
2005, pursuant to the Biomass Research and Development Act of 
2000. Submitted by the Department of Agriculture and the 
Department of Energy, September 18, 2006.
    USDI: 2005 CALFED Bay-Delta Program Annual Report, pursuant 
to section 105(a)(1) of title I of Public Law 108-361. 
Submitted by the United States Department of the Interior, 
September 18, 2006.
    Charter: Renewal of the National Pollution Prevention and 
Toxics Advisory Committee, pursuant to the Federal Advisory 
Committee Act. Submitted by EPA, September 21, 2006.
    Charter: Renewal of the National Environmental Justice 
Advisory Council, pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee 
Act. Submitted by EPA, September 22, 2006.
    Charter: Renewal of the Gulf of Mexico Program Policy 
Review Board, pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act. 
Submitted by EPA, September 22, 2006.
    USDA: Proposed land purchase in Bankhead National Forest, 
Alabama, required by section 17(b) of the National Forest 
Management Act of 1976, P.L. 94-588, as amended. Submitted by 
USDA, September 22, 2006.
    Charter: Renewal of the General Conference Committee of the 
National Poultry Improvement Plan, pursuant to the Federal 
Advisory Committee Act. Submitted by USDA, September 28, 2006.
    Charter: Establishment of the Recreation Resource Advisory 
Committees, pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act. 
Submitted by USDA, September 28, 2006.
    EPA: 2006-11 EPA Strategic Plan, required by the Government 
Performance and Results Act of 1993. Submitted by EPA, October 
4, 2006.
    USDA: Proposed land purchases in Talladega National Forest, 
Alabama, required by section 17(b) of the National Forest 
Management Act of 1976, P.L. 94-588, as amended. Submitted by 
USDA, October 5, 2006.
    EPA: Audit Report of the Pesticides Reregistration and 
Expedited Processing Fund for Fiscal Years 2005 and 2004 
Financial Statements. Submitted by EPA, October 13, 2006.
    USDA: Proposed land purchase in Talladega National Forest, 
Alabama, required by section 17(b) of the National Forest 
Management Act of 1976, P.L. 94-588, as amended. Submitted by 
USDA, October 16, 2006.
    USDA: Characteristics of Food Stamp Households: Fiscal Year 
2005. Submitted by USDA, October 17, 2006.
    USDA: Report to Congress on the National Dairy Promotion 
and Research Program and the National Fluid Milk Processor 
Promotion Program, pursuant to the Dairy Production 
Stabilization Act of 1983 and the Fluid Milk Promotion Act of 
1990. Submitted by USDA, October 19, 2006.
    Charter: Renewal of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and 
Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel, pursuant to the 
Federal Advisory Committee Act. Submitted by EPA, October 25, 
2006.
    FCA: Final rule adopted by the Farm Credit Administration 
Board, pursuant to the Farm Credit Act of 1971. Submitted by 
FCA, November 3, 2006.

                              E. MEMORIALS

    19--May 4, 2005; Memorial of the General Assembly of the 
State of New York, relative to a resolution memorializing 
Congress to pass a joint resolution of disapproval to nullify 
the United States Department of Agriculture decision to resume 
the importation of live Canadian cattle on March 7, 2005, 
thereby establishing Canada as a minimum-risk country in 
respect to Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, or Mad Cow 
Disease.
    36--July 26, 2005; Memorial of the Senate of the State of 
Michigan, relative to Senate Resolution No. 35 memorializing 
the Congress of the United States and the United States 
Department of Agriculture to provide assistance, including 
additional emergency funding, in the effort to mitigate the 
infestation of the Emerald Ash Borer.
    37--July 26, 2005; Memorial of the Legislature of the State 
of Tennessee, relative to Senate Joint Resolution No. 277 
urging the Congress of the United States to stop cuts in 
agriculture-related programs and initiatives in the fiscal year 
2006 federal budget.
    66--July 27, 2005; Memorial of the General Assembly of the 
State of Tennessee, relative to Senate Joint Resolution No. 277 
urging the Congress of the United States to stop cuts in 
agriculture-related programs and initiatives in the fiscal year 
2006 federal budget.
    121--July 28, 2005; Memorial of the Legislature of the 
State of Washington, relative to Substitute Senate Joint 
Memorial No. 8010 petitioning the United States Department of 
Agriculture regarding Canadian beef importation and export of 
United States beef.
    165--July 28, 2005; Memorial of the General Assembly of the 
State of Colorado, relative to Senate Joint Resolution 05-015, 
concerning opposition to the ``Federal Lands Recreation 
Enhancement Act''.
    169--September 14, 2005; Memorial of the General Assembly 
of the State of Colorado, relative to House Joint Resolution 
05-1058 expressing support for the ``25 By 25'' initiative and 
promoting the increased production of renewable energy by the 
agricultural community.
    182--October 26, 2005; Memorial of the General Assembly of 
the State of Colorado, relative to Senate Joint Resolution No. 
05-015 concerning opposition to the ``Federal Lands Recreation 
Enhancement Act''.
    245--December 18, 2005; Memorial of the Legislature of the 
State of Montana, relative to House Joint Resolution No. 29 
urging the Congress of the United States to recognize the 
statutory concessions made by the State of Montana and urged to 
obtain meaningful and substantive funding for the impacts from 
the federal wolf reintroduction program that was forcibly 
established in Montana.
    306-- May 2, 2006; Memorial of the Legislature of the State 
of Nebraska, relative to Legislative Resolution No. 441 
supporting the vision of ``25 by 25'', whereby agriculture will 
provide twenty-five percent of the total energy consumed in the 
United States by the year 2025, while continuing to produce 
abundant, safe, and affordable food and fiber.
    321--June 8, 2006; Memorial of the Legislature of the State 
of Louisiana, relative to Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 35 
memorializing the Congress of the United States to take such 
actions as are necessary to continue funding and operation of 
the United States Department of Agriculture's Agricultural 
Research Service located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
    333--June 8, 2006; Memorial of the Legislature of the State 
of Kansas, relative to House Concurrent Resolution No. 5042 
urging support of the ``25 x 25'' initiative.
    383--July 19, 2006; Memorial of the Legislature of the 
State of Idaho, relative to House Joint Memorial No. 12 urging 
American farmers, ranchers, and food producers be enabled to 
compete freely and trade fairly in foreign markets.
    384--July 19, 2006; Memorial of the Legislature of the 
State of Arizona, relative to House Concurrent Resolution No. 
2001 urging the Congress of the United States to enact a 2007 
farm bill that is supportive of the specialty crop industry.
    402--July 19, 2006; Memorial of the Legislature of the 
State of Idaho, relative to House Joint Memorial No. 11 urging 
the United States Forest Service to enter a decision granting a 
special use permit allowing Idaho Department of Fish and Game 
to land helicopters in the wilderness for the purpose of 
monitoring gray wolves.
    403--July 19, 2006; Memorial of the Legislature of the 
State of Idaho, relative to House Joint Resolution No. 14 
demanding that the Federal Lands Recreation Act be repealed and 
that no recreational fees authorized under the Federal Lands 
Recreation Enhancement Act be imposed to use federal public 
land in the State.
    404--July 19, 2006; Memorial of the Legislature of the 
State of Idaho, relative to House Joint Resolution No. 20 
declaring that should the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement 
Act be repealed, the authority for permitting outfitters and 
guides be replaced immediately to allow for operations to 
continue uninterrupted and special use fee currently assessed 
by reauthorized under a new authority.
    405--July 19, 2006; Memorial of the Legislature of the 
State of Idaho, relative to House Joint Memorial No. 21 urging 
the Congress of the United States to support federal 
legislation transferring management of National Forest System 
lands within Idaho to the State of Idaho to be managed for the 
benefit of rural counties and schools.
    444--September 8, 2006; Memorial of the House of 
Representatives of the State of Hawaii, relative to House 
Resolution No. 120 urging the President of the United States 
and the Congress of the United States to support H.R. No. 3468 
to control the introduction and spread of invasive species and 
diseases in Hawaii.

                              F. PETITIONS

    9--March 15, 2005; Petition of the Kentucky House Committee 
on Agriculture and Small Business, relative to a resolution 
petitioning the United States Congress and the United States 
Department of Agriculture to take the necessary steps to allow 
tobacco producers to sell the excess tobacco from their 2004 
crop.
    28--July 28, 2005; Petition of the Marinette County Board 
of Supervisors, Wisconsin, relative to Resolution No. 192 
urging the Congress of the United States to take action to 
eliminate the gridlock occurring in Forest Service Land Use 
Planning and in the implementation of timber sale projects.
    60--July 28, 2005; Petition of the Ashland County Board of 
Supervisors, Wisconsin, relative to Resolution No. R06-2005-810 
requesting the Congress of the United States to approve the 
continuation of Pub. L. 106-393 for an additional 6 years and 
that the current rate plus an annual increase in the 
appropriated amount be at the full rate of national inflation.
    63--July 28, 2005; Petition of the County of Marathon, 
Wisconsin, relative to Resolution No. R-29-05 requesting that 
the Congress of the United States take action to eliminate the 
gridlock that is occurring in Forest Service Land Use Planning 
and in the implementation of timber sale projects that are 
permissible within approved Forest Plan.
    64--July 28, 2005; Petition of the County of Marathon, 
Wisconsin, relative to Resolution No. R-28-05 urging the 
Congress of the United States to reauthorize and fund Pub. L. 
106-393, the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-
Determination Act.
    65--July 28, 2005; Petition of the County of Marathon, 
Wisconsin, relative to Resolution No. R-27-05 urging the 
Congress of the United States to restore Payment in Lieu of 
Taxes (PILT) Funding from the Federal Government to Townships 
Containing Federal Forest Lands to the fiscal year 2005 Level 
Plus Inflation.
    98--December 18, 2005; Petition of the Oconto County Board 
of Supervisors, Wisconsin, relative to Resolution No. 49 
petitioning the Congress of the United States to reauthorize 
and fund Pub. L. 106-393, the Secure Rural Schools and 
Community Self-Determination Act.
    99--December 18, 2005; Petition of the Oconto County Board 
of Supervisors, Wisconsin, relative to Resolution No. 48 
requesting the Congress of the United States to take action to 
eliminate the gridlock that is occurring in Forest Service Land 
Use Planning and in the implementation of timber sale projects 
that are permissible within approved Forest Plans.